New Mobile Operator to roll out in September 2023

Daud Suleman

A third mobile phone network provider is expected to roll out its services in Malawi in the third quarter of 2023.


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Nyasa Mobile Networks, Jason Bowler disclosed this Wednesday during a panel discussion on the MACRA Open Day held at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

He said the Mobile Network provider has invested between US$ 110-US$120 million for the past two years to set up its infrastructures.

 “We started to acquire licence in July 2019 and we able to get our operating licence 18 months later.  The process is stringent and hard but we know that licenses should not be given on silver platter hence the applicant should able to meet the set guidelines,” the CEO said.

He said the biggest challenge in the process of setting up the mobile networks has been finances and installation of equipment.

Bowler added that telecommunication industry requires huge capital investment hence the need to partner with various stakeholders in the industry in order to provide quality communication services.

He said the issue of affordability on the operating cost of the network remains key and accessibility to many customers remains a challenge in the country.

He said Malawi is a relative small economy with high population and for past 25 years two mobile networks operators TNM and Airtel have dominated the market.

He said the two service providers have been doing well by improving the provision of better networks and services.

CEO for Airtel Malawi, Charles Kamoto welcomed on Nyasa Mobile Networks aboard saying the mobile networks market remains exciting in the country. 

He said the land of the third mobile operator bring another dimension when issues of data prices are being viewed to be high with a call to have them reduced.

“We were selling 100 MB at K130 in January, 2022 and now we are selling at 40 tambala now which is a 40 percent drop. For the past three years there have been drops of 30 percent of data selling drop. We are hoping that when they enter the maker force next year the data prices will reduce further,” Kamoto explained. 

He said mobile operators need to improve the quality of networks and accessibility saying only 60 percent of Malawians are fully connected.

CEO noted that the usage electronic devices have been a challenge to many and there need to find ways and means to make sure are accessible to many for them to get connected.