On 15th November, 2021, the Commission received an application from Airtel Malawi Plc for an exclusive dealing arrangement in the wholesaling of its recharge vouchers in Malawi.
Following deliberation, the Commission resolved to authorise the proposed exclusive dealing arrangements between Airtel Malawi Plc and its dealers and agents that offer mobile network services through Airtel Money branches and Kiosks subject to fulfilment of the following conditions:
- Airtel Malawi Plc will not enforce the restrictions in the exclusive dealing agreement to agents and dealers that will not enter into exclusive dealership arrangements with them.
- Airtel Malawi Plc will not abuse its dominant position when executing its agreements with its agents opting to fall under this exclusive dealing arrangement.
- Airtel Malawi Plc will have a robust system to address concerns of its agents and dealers including salient issues of Technical backstopping, start-up capital support and periodic review of commissions.