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BuddeComm: Malawi to get third mobile and second fixed network

October 28, 2009 - A new BuddeComm report states that Malawi will finally move beyond a duopoly in the mobile sector and a monopoly in the fixed-line sector when G-Mobile and Access Communications (ACL) launch shortly. ACL may also emerge as the country’s fourth mobile operator since the CDMA-2000 technology it uses supports full mobility, and with the EV-DO Rev A upgrade installed from the start, the company is also set to become another significant player in Malawi’s underdeveloped broadband market.

One of the world’s least developed countries, Malawi is expected to be able to avoid a recession as a result of the global economic crisis, although its GDP growth will gradually slow from almost 10% in 2008 to around 3% in 2011. Penetration rates in all sectors of the telecommunications market are still well below regional averages, leaving ample potential for future growth. A national fibre backbone is being implemented, and the landlocked country is set to gain access to international submarine fibre optic cables for the first time in 2010 when a transit link via neighbouring countries is completed.

For more information see - Malawi - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband