Tanzanian telecoms operator SimbaNet has been announced as the winner of a tender for the installation and operation of a fibre-optic cable between Tanzania and Malawian capital Lilongwe under the World Bank-funded Regional Communication Infrastructure Programme Malawi (RCIPMW), amalawi reports. The project aims to improve the quality, availability and affordability of broadband within Malawi for both public and private users, which will be achieved by linking the landlocked country to international submarine fibre-optic cables landing in neighbouring Tanzania. As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in May 2012 Malawi issued a procurement notice for companies interested in taking part in a public private partnership (PPP) arrangement for the RCIPMW project, and in April this year it was announced that six companies had been shortlisted: China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation, GPEC INC in joint venture with SK Telecom, Malawi Virtual Landing Point Joint Venture Consortium, SimbaNET Tanzania Limited in association with Bharti Airtel, SK Broadband and SolitonTelmec Limited. The winner will also be expected to supply telecoms services to the government and operators, as well as commercial subscribers in Malawi on a non-discriminatory basis.
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