MTL hands over Internet and voice services to MUST

Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) on 21st March 2017 reaffirmed its commitment towards the development of the country’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure when it handed over Internet and voice services through a Fibre Optic Cable connectivity at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).

The infrastructure was installed to service the university and allow it dedicated access of 10MB Internet and 2MB telephony services.

Speaking at a handover ceremony held at the university premises, MTL Chief Executive Officer Dr. Harry Gombachika said the installation marked another milestone in the history of service provisioning for his company which is consistent with its mission of providing ICT solutions for customer’s greater experience.

“Empirical studies have shown that when you have a centre of knowledge, businesses tend to sprout up around it. Thus we envisaged that business around MUST would mushroom and we would benefit from it. It is from this reality that we took up this project to install the fibre,” he said.

As the relationship between MTL and MUST is mutually beneficial the CEO stated that this was merely the starting point of a lasting relationship as the two have a lot in common and a lot of ways they can benefit each other. He winded up with an appeal to the community to care for the new infrastructure.

“An appeal to the community is that the infrastructure is for the community and not just for MUST. Let us guard that infrastructure. Our greatest challenge at MTL has been theft and sabotage of our cables. I am however happy to note that there are already deliberate efforts by teams from both MUST and MTL to sensitize communities along the stretch where the fibre runs. It is my strongest belief that the communities around will take ownership of the infrastructure which is one of the development beacons for the communities ,” he added.

The infrastructure was received by the MUST Vice Chancellor Agness Malata who was accompanied by the University Librarian Martin Thawani. In her remarks the Vice Chancellor expressed appreciation for the work MTL had done and explained how valuable it was for her institution.

“The way we are set up here is that everything revolves around ICT so we thank you for responding to our connectivity request with a service that can meet our technological requirements. It will among other things enable us to host the upcoming International ICT Girls camp which will see Intel and Microsoft attend,” she said.

She further pledged to protect the equipment and work with the community to safeguard the infrastructure stressing the importance of such development efforts to the progress of the country.

“Our relationship is not for today and not just for tomorrow, it is about the future. It is not about you or MUST but it is about Malawi and the many people in the country without a voice whom we are working to transform,” she reiterated.

The installation is comprised of an 8-core single mode fibre covering a distance of 24Km from the nearest exchange in Thyolo. The project has cost over K100 million and has taken an approximate 146 days to bring to fruition.