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Malawi Regulator Defends Recent Phone Tariff Rises

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Malawi's telecoms regulator, Macra has defended recent price rises imposed by the mobile networks.

Macra's Communications Officer, Clara Mulonya said that the price hike by phone operators in the country was reasonable when taken into account the recent currency devaluations.

"I understand that people would always complain in such circumstances and that is how it should be and as Macra we can always intervene in circumstances where the service providers turn to charge exorbitantly than expected."

"Macra in this case cannot decide what price such bodies should set on their services because they are forced by several external factors for example when you look at the economic environment in which we are in," she said.

Malawi devalued its currency, the Kwacha by 49 percent last year.

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