David Lush wrote:
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> >Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 18:33:29 -0200
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> >Subject: ACTION ALERT - MALAWI
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> >ACTION ALERT - MALAWI
> >JUNE 24, 1997
> >STATE CLAIMS MONOPOLY OF INTERNET SERVICES
> >The Malawi government has turned down applications from private Internet
> >Service Providers (ISP) and instead granted one to its own Malawi Post and
> >Telecommunications Corporation (MPTC). Government said its action is
> >intended to keep internet prices affordable but the private ISP's fear
> >government is creating an information monopoly to serve its interests.
> >In a joint venture effort between MPTC and an American investor, Comnet,
> >the MPTC intends to establish a company yet to be named but which will be
> >operational later next month. The MPTC is already in control of all
> >telecommunications services in Malawi on which internet depends. It will
> >also continue to be in charge of the allocation of internet service
> >licenses on behalf of government as well as provide competition to those it
> >Private internet service providers fear MPTC will use its position to
> >control the market and award licenses only to providers less likely to
> >offer it meaningful challenge. They complain for instance, they did not
> >know that the frustrations and delays in having their applications
> >processed was because the MPTC was itself interested in setting up a
> >service provider. The MPTC, the private providers say, has also been
> >holding back some information needed by the applicants. The applicants have
> >not even been advised on why they have not been successful.
> >Partner of Epsilon and Omega, an E-mail Service Provider, Thandi Mbvundula,
> >told MISA on June 20 that the MPTC announcement "surprised" many.
> >Mbvundula, said for some time now the MPTC has been delaying the opening up
> >of the Internet Service market to willing providers and projects such as
> >the Sustainable Development Network Programme (SDNP), a United Nations
> >Development Programme (UNDP) project.
> >UNDP's Programme Officer, Brian Christensen, told MISA June 24, that his
> >organisation applied for the Internet licence in August, 1995, but has to
> >this day not received any reply. Christensen said other private
> >organisations which had applied have similarly not obtained their licences.
> >One owner of a service provider, afraid to be named, told MISA June 24,
> >"MPTC will probably not say no to applications, but they may not just
> >process applications for the channels."
> >Speaking to MISA on June 24, MPTC newly appointed chief executive, Michael
> >Makawa, however dispelled concerns that MPTC was creating a monopoly
> >pointing at already existing private Internet services. Currently, Malawi
> >has five e-mail and Internet service providers, namely; Epsilon and Omega,
> >University of Malawi (UNIMA), Inter Access, Telecom Consulting - all dial
> >out through South Africa at what they describe as "prohibitive costs."
> >"Their fear is therefore unfounded," Makawa said.
> >Makawa further explained that the government has appointed an independent
> >regulatory unit to oversee the activities of posts and telecommunications
> >in the country. Its purpose, Makawa said, was to ensure fair play in the
> >telecommunications market "and avoid restrictions on applicants... To me,
> >this regulatory unit means that we will have competition in the market as
> >it will allow other players."
> >David Nthengwe
> >Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
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> >Windhoek, Namibia
> >Tel. +264 61 232975, Fax. 248016
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> David Lush
> Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
> Private Bag 13386
> Windhoek, Namibia
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