Malawi revokes telco licence

Malawi's regulator revokes GAIN's mobile licence over failure to deploy network

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Malawi revokes telco licence GAIN was due to launch Malawi's third mobile operator this year. (Getty Images)
By  Roger Field Published  September 22, 2010

Malawi's Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has revoked the mobile licence of Global Advanced Integrated Networks (GAIN), which was due to become the country's third mobile operator this year, under the G-Mobile banner.

MACRA said that it had revoked the licence as of September 20 due to GAIN's failure to meet targets for the roll out of services agreed in its licence.

GAIN was awarded Malawi's third mobile licence in mid-2008, and according to its licence agreement was supposed to deploy its network by the end of 2009.

However, the company informed the regulator that it would be unable to meet the deadline and was granted an extension until April 2010 after fighting an attempt the by the regulator to issue it with a $6.9 million fine, according to online technology news site, Telegeography.

G-Mobile recently said it would be operational by the end of the year and would add $150 million to the $25 million it had already committed for network infrastructure, according to Malawian newspaper Nyasa Times.

GAIN is owned by Beryl Telecom, which 50% is owned by South African private equity investor Musa Capital.

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