South Sudanese Government Launches a Locally-Owned Telecom Operator

The South Sudanese President has officially launched the first locally-owned telecommunications operator, Digitel Network.

The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir Mayardit has launched the first-ever locally-owned telecommunications operator, Digitel Network. This is expected to compete with Zain and MTN.

Digitel Network is expected to enable better connectivity in areas that are inaccessible or not reached by the foreign telecom operators.

“The South Sudanese government is committed to bringing mobile phone services to rural areas, and the region needs to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of digital technology. The launch of the new operator is the result of the government’s partnership with the private sector, and that the government will explore options – including tax exemptions – that will benefit the importation of network equipment and other telecommunications tools. The tax exemption will be regulated with the National Revenue Authority to ensure modalities for tax exemptions are consistent with its mandate, and that the equipment will help increase digital literacy programmes for ‘a next generation ICT driven economy.’ The installation of mobile phone infrastructure is an ongoing process and so far a few areas including Rumbek North County have already been connected to the network and in the next three weeks, many more areas will be connected. My government played a role in ensuring that Digitel operates in the country.”

Salva Kiir Mayardit, President, South Sudan

“For four years, Digitel has been a work in progress. And for us to launch our communication services shows that South Sudan can contribute towards a bright future for ourselves, for our children and the next generation.”

Athiei De Chan Awuol, Executive Vice President, Digitel Network

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