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Malawi becomes first country to offer free internet – DW Africa

Malawi has become the first country in the world to provide free internet access to public institutions under Digital Malawi Project, DW News Africa has claimed.

However, Malawi Voice has established that over 20 countries in the world offers free Wi-Fi internet to its citizens under agreed terms and conditions.  

The countries, according to, are USA, Canada, Portugal, Germany, and Sweden among others.

According to DW Africa, the free internet initiative in Malawi which is under Ministry of Information partnership with Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) aims to enhance health, education, and business operations within the country.

Meanwhile, Malawi authorities say the move links diplomatic data corridors established with countries like Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Namibia.

Small-scale business traders can now conduct their businesses online. This will provide convenience for school learners, teachers, and lecturers who can download and research their courses or subjects.

Additionally, according to DW Africa, patients and guardians will be able to communicate with their families.

According to, there were 5.04 million internet users in Malawi at the start of 2023, when internet penetration stood at 24.4 percent.

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  1. What is Chakwera and his bootlickers smocking? Internet is free in Rwanda, South Africa and many other parts of the continent. Its not true that Malawi is first. Which Malawi are you talking about anyways? The airports are not only despicable but also have no internet. Kunamatu uku.


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