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Airtel's Malawi Network Granted 10-Year License Extension

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Malawi's telecoms regulator has renewed the operating license held by Bharti Airtel in the country for another 10 years.

The mobile network was granted an operating license 15 years ago, long before it was bought by the current owners.

In accepting the license renewal, the mobile network has pledged a US$42 million network upgrade this year and will also expand its network coverage. A planned deployment of a 4G based service was also confirmed.

Airtel Malawi started its operations in October 1999 as Celtel Malawi, which was sold to Kuwait's Zain in 2009 and later to India's Bharti Airtel.

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