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Although Access to the Internet in Malawi is the Cheapest in Africa, many Still can’t Afford Data Plans

That’s why the government is now rolling out a program to provide free internet in all public facilities. The Digital Malawi Programme, which is being implemented in cooperation with the World Bank, is intended to propel digital transformation throughout the country, according to the government. About 75% of Malawians did not use the internet at the start of 2023, Malawi’s 2023 digital report revealed; but the governments hopes that this number will drastically reduce now and empower everyday people. With hundreds of public facilities already connected to free internet access, the Malawian government now wants to expand the program into its next phase and lobby for further reductions in data charges by mobile phone companies in the country. Malawi is already part of the Diplomatic Data Corridors project with neighbors Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Namibia, which is aimed at making access to the internet cheaper for all.

DW