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MACRA poised to revoke GMobile licence

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The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has started the process to revoke the mobile licence of Global Advanced Integrated Networks (GAIN), after the operator failed to meet the regulator’s latest network rollout deadline of 12 April 2010, reports.
‘Our team has started evaluating the company's activities to compile a report of failure to roll out within the period given,’ stated MACRA’s public relations officer, Zadziko Mankhambo, adding that an audit of network deployment progress will be conducted, before the regulator passes its final verdict. GAIN intends to launch services as Malawi’s third mobile service provider under the G-Mobile banner, having been awarded a licence in July 2008. Shortly before the latest deadline, GAIN’s project liaison officer Victor Chidziwitsano conceded that time was too tight to allow the company to make significant progress.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, GAIN was awarded an extension to its network rollout deadline last month, after the company admitted in late 2009 that it would not be able to meet the original deadline of 31 December 2009 as stipulated by its licence. At the same time, Beryl Capital and Telecoms engaged Telkom South Africa to operate and manage GAIN. Beryl signed a USD90 million partnership deal with GAIN in July 2009 for the supply, installation and commissioning of the cellco’s wireless infrastructure.

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