Airtel Malawi embarks on a nationwide network upgrade project

13 Feb 2017

Airtel Malawi, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, plans to upgrade its voice and data networks across the county to improve coverage and quality of service (QoS). Nyasa Times cites the cellco’s Director of Networks, Hussein Versi, as saying that around MWK15.2 billion (USD20.8 million) will be spent on the infrastructure modernisation project, which will begin next month and is scheduled for completion in July. The investment will also see Airtel – Malawi’s largest mobile operator by subscribers – deploy UMTS-900 technology, in addition to its existing 3G network which utilises the 2100MHz frequency band.

‘The primary aim for this modernisation exercise is to proactively prepare our network for growing consumer demands on our high quality data network and to also prepare for future emerging technologies,’ Versi commented, adding: ‘Additionally, our voice and data coverage will improve, as current incidences of customers experiencing indoor and outdoor coverage gaps will be resolved by the end of the network overhaul.’

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