Fire cuts off network

Fire cuts off network

LILONGWE – A fire at Celtel Malawi, a unit of Kuwaiti cellphone operator MTC, has destroyed part of the company’s network, cutting off its 200 000 subscribers, the company said yesterday.

A senior official at the company, Malawi’s leading mobile phone operator, said a fire swept through the company’s office in the commercial capital of Blantyre on Saturday and had destroyed key technology that controls the network. “The cause of the fire is unknown.We are in the process of assessing everything before we know the actual damage caused,” Francis Bisika, the company’s head of IT said.Celtel Malawi, which is part of Africa’s third-biggest operator Celtel, owned in turned by MTC, is one of two cellular providers in the country.The other is Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), partly owned by government and the country’s Press Corporation Limited conglomerate.Nampa-Reuters”The cause of the fire is unknown.We are in the process of assessing everything before we know the actual damage caused,” Francis Bisika, the company’s head of IT said.Celtel Malawi, which is part of Africa’s third-biggest operator Celtel, owned in turned by MTC, is one of two cellular providers in the country.The other is Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), partly owned by government and the country’s Press Corporation Limited conglomerate.Nampa-Reuters

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