Free Wifi Essential for Digital Economy

Kabambe says in the next 90 days, the initiative will be extended to 32 new sites dotted across Malawi Kabambe says in the next 90 days, the initiative will be extended to 32 new sites dotted across Malawi - internet pic

An ICT expert says rolling out of free WiFi to public institutions is a way to go in realizing ambitions in digital economy amid public discontent on high-cost internet data in the country.

In October last year, Government through the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) launched free Wi-Fi Initiative in some selected public institutions such as Kamuzu International Airport, Blantyre market and Blantyre Secondary School with an aim of enhancing access to information and digital facilities amidst the Covid19.

PPPC Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Kabambe says in the next 90 days, the initiative will be extended to 32 new sites dotted across Malawi.

"We are still in the process of making consultations with various institutions in the public sector such as, ministry of education and health to identify other places that could be most beneficial.

“What is coming out clearly is that in some places the demand is high. In the next two or three months of this year will be able to reach an agreement and upgrade capacity to connect free WiFi in other sites," Kabambe said.

ICT Association of Malawi (ICTAM) President Bram Fudzulani says government should expedite the move of having all the public institutions in the country connected to the free WiFi.

"For the government to put in place these deliberate measures, I think it’s a welcome move. If you look at Malawi Digital Economy Strategy, it’s government's ambitions to have 80% of Malawians have access to broadband internet," Fudzulani said.

The new sites include, Mzuzu Government Secondary School, Nkhamenya Girls Secondary School, Bwaila Secondary School, Stella Maris Secondary School, Lilongwe Market, Mzuzu National Library and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, just to mention a few.

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