The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) is set to start using the spy machine after Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) lost a legal battle with the regulator.
Following a judicial review application that TNM sought in 2015 challenging the installation, the Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that MACRA can install the controversial machine which is officially known as Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (Cirms).
TNM argued that the machine will violate privacy of its subscribers but MACRA said the spy machine is to help monitor mobile network providers in the country.
Making the ruling on Tuesday, the Supreme Court gave a go ahead to MACRA to install the machine.
MACRA’s director General Godfrey Itaye described the ruling as a “victory to customers” arguing that the machine will ensure that subscribers are not ripped off through the services offered by mobile network providers.
Itaye added that MACRA is to comply with the ruling that has warned it not to violate privacy of people in the country.
The machine, which Macra bought at USD6.8 million is set to be in use in September this year.
The body said in 2015 that the roll out of the machine will see it getting K500 million every month from operators.
MACRA disclosed that the machine will be operated with expertise from US based company Agilis International.