TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka
ZAMBIA and Malawi have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote bilateral co-operation in telecommunications and broadcast services on cross- border frequency co-ordination.
Under the MoU, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and Malawi Communications and Regulatory Authority (MACRA) will focus on key and diverse issues involving telecommunication and broadcasting such as promotion of expansion of roaming agreements to all operators in both countries.
ZICTA acting director general Patrick Mutimushi and MACRA director general Godfrey Itaye signed on behalf of their respective organisations on Wednesday.
Mr Mutimushi said both authorities are active members of Communications Regulators Association of Southern Africa, Southern African Development Community and African Telecommunications Union and International Telecommunications Union to foster regional and international development of technology as a means of economic development in various aspects.
“The signing of this MoU between the two countries’ respective information and communication technology (ICT) regulators, therefore, marks yet another historic launch of increased collaboration between the two countries and organisations in promoting best ICT telecommunications and broadcasting services cross-border frequency co-ordination,” he said.
Mr Mutimushi said under the MoU, the two authorities will also focus on cross-border spillover of public land mobile systems, fixed wireless access systems, and radio communication, among others.
He anticipated that the collaboration will inspire more joint innovative activities in future and drive the ICT development of Malawi and Zambia to greater heights.
Mr Itaye said the MoU will address various issues in terms of cross-border spillover of frequency co-ordination.
“Malawi will continue to work with ZICTA for the betterment of the two countries’ consumers,” he said.