Pan-African operator Gateway Communications has connected Malawi to its network via a terrestrial fibre-optic system that will allow the country to benefit from the Seacom and Eassy subsea cable systems.
The high speed system will give carriers in Malawi direct access to capacity from Africa, instead of re-routing connectivity through Europe.
Gateway Communications said in a statement that all of the available capacity has already been sold, reflecting the demand for data capacity in Malawi.
Malawi currently has an Internet penetration of just 4.6% and a mobile penetration of 16%, according to Gateway Communications.
Gateway Communications is due to complete similar initiatives in countries including Botswana and Namibia in the coming year.
Malawi’s telecoms sector is currently dominated by Bharti Airtel and Telecom Networks Malawi. A third mobile operator, G-Mobile was licensed in 2008 but the rollout of the new network experienced delays and the operator is fighting against the revocation of its licence in court, according to research firm Budde.com.