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South Sudan government suspends work of telecom companies


March 21, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The government of South Sudan (GoSS) notified telecom companies that it will temporarily suspend their work while they issue new regulations governing their operations in the region that is set to become independent next July.

Hesham Mustafa Allam, chief operation officer for Zain, largest mobile phone operator in Sudan, told Reuters that this decision could force them to delay some work on cell towers and laying of fibre-optics.

Though he expected the company’s mobile license to be valid in South Sudan after July, Allam said he could not be "100 percent sure" that would be the case either.

The South Sudan government last week accused the North of tapping the phones of its senior through telecom companies officials and produced documents to prove that. However, the Khartoum-based government denied the charge.

Zain launched its network in South Sudan five years ago and in 2008 launched a major expansion initiative that saw growth in towers from a handful to around 150 with a total cost of $300 million. This was made despite logistical challenges and the lack of information on the profitability of the market in a region that is just emerging from a two-decades civil war.

The company’s move south is key after losing its lion’s share of Sudan’s market in 2007 to fierce competition in the rest of the country from the part-government owned operator Sudani.

"For Zain, the decision to rollout in South Sudan was purely a strategic decision; it was not a business decision, because at that time we had Zain Uganda and Zain Kenya and so to have one network you couldn’t have it without South Sudan," he said.

"[Having] said this, we believe there is opportunity in South Sudan. We will not say South Sudan is not good for business. There’s still opportunity for business in South Sudan when things start to stabilize and infrastructure is there."


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  • 22 March 2011 06:54, by Historical Boy!

    What is going on with these companies?

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    • 22 March 2011 08:45, by Bol Achuek

      You are so ignorant about the situation in S. Sudan. These Telecom Companies are being used by Khartoum Gov’t to interfere with the internal policies of the GoSS. Therefore, in order for GoSS to protect its privacy, the Telecom companies must be shut down for their partiality since they deviated to act professionally and neutrally

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    • 22 March 2011 09:36, by AdierCien

      In The Name Of The Trinity God Amen.
      You need to be educated once more historical boy? The bad thing is that your names are misleading you. You call yourself Historical boy yet you knew nothing about what is going on with telecom. Companies in Sudan!
      Let me attach my thoughts on this website,since those companies have their base in Khartoum city and extended to the south with the views of satisfying Northern Khartoum govt’s needs to exploit us here,therefore,I urge our leaders to foresee first of all our needs and wants to which a company must be responsible for it. This arabs are not easy brothers of mind we should be very careful when dealing with them.
      May Almighty God Bless south Sudan.

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  • 22 March 2011 08:47, by Madina Kebir

    I think this is a good move for GOSS and ROSS to suspending the telecommunication companies for good. African people did welcome the Middle East Traders in the 180s thought they were coming only to do their businesss which some African thought was a good Idea unfortunately, that was not the case for Middle East Traders, but for them to takes over governments from real African people and now, we have lost about 2.5 million lives innocents people in the Sudan as a result of Arab Traders were they root caused in Sudan and others African nations.

    If the GOSS want to starting rebuilding its Southern Sudan young nation then, they must make their business with Asian people, why because they don’t make interference to the Foreign affairs and that is the good way to trust people who only focusing one thing and good friendship, but this people are same as Arab of Northern Sudan which have mess up the Sudan and the real question I have right now is that, why Southern Sudan were foolishly accepted them in the first place.?

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    • 22 March 2011 09:22, by harry

      Madena Kebira,

      Good points and better arguments except your aliases are Arabic! Thanks,


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      • 22 March 2011 22:24, by Madina Kebir

        Mr. Harry.

        Don’t judge people by name because this is a wrong concept and remember what Dr. Martin Luther King said.

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  • 22 March 2011 10:04, by Liberator


    Welcome to the 21st century.
    The so called tapping of phones is not a new technology, it has been in existence in the last half of the 20th century.

    What a bunch of idiots running (GOSS)

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    • 22 March 2011 10:18, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      Let the new regulations and laws provide maximum opportunity for 99% of South Sudanese to be employed in these companies that deals in telecommunications. This will reduce tapping of phones numbers and security risks. If they have any ill intention to resist the new laws and regulations they will automatically pull out in South Sudan. Gier Chuang Aluong Company known as Gem Tel will operate in South Sudan under strict regulations. This is because Gem Tel had very bad impression during its first launching in 2005 and 2006 by taking lot of expenses from clients.

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    • 22 March 2011 13:15, by Paul Ongee


      Please, use that name (Liberator) after liberating Northerners from the hands of the Islamic fundamentalits who often misinterpret Qoran to govern Sudan.

      Regarding your point, what rights has Khartoum to tap phone conversation of GOSS officials? Don’t you realize that Zain will lose business rights in South Sudan? Khartoum has been our emeny since the entry of Arabs (not people) into Sudan. It will remain our enemy unless its political behaviour towards Southerners or marginalized people is dramatically changed. Got it?

      Khartoum is run by a bunch of idiotic extremists who never value freedom and human dignity.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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    • 22 March 2011 18:03, by Marco A. Wek

      Hey liberator, I thought you have a lot of repect to Dr. Rick Machar and I am suprised to hear you calling him and his ruling colleages idiots. It is always a habit of low minded ones to throw useless words to those who are wiser than them. Keep on backing but it won’t do you any good.

      The ones you called idiots are the real liberators who liberated you from your masters Arabs and they don’t care if a once milita like you doesn’t respect them. And by the way, I appreciate if you could liberate yourself from your ignorance and you succed in doing that, I will call you a self liberator but for the time being you are having a wrong title.

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      • 22 March 2011 18:06, by Marco A. Wek

        Liberator, I meant respect .

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  • 22 March 2011 10:24, by Murle Intellectual

    Another foolish decision by GoSS. The first was when they have gone too far with their tribalism and nepotism based process to employ people, they invited their corrupt Kenyan friends to occupy South Sudanese joas after all their ralatives were saturating GoSS. To prove this just visit any GoSS office, you will find them belonging to the same tribe of Dinka and therefore they Dinka Language in that offices. The Nuers deserve their positions there and they could provide a better leadership because a brave man by nature is just. They don’t kill patients belonging to other tribes on hospital beds, such cowardly actions are done only by Cowards Majority which happened in Bor town hospital. The second foolish step by GoSS is the shutting down of communication for fear of useless jallaaba. These jallaabas are now toothless dogs. This decision could only be taken by a foolish ignorant man, and those who agree with him are identical. This is a step backwards from development. freesamson@yahoo.com

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    • 22 March 2011 11:07, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      Look at the comment from idiot fellow country man. Who killed the Minister Jimmy Leme? Was it far away from his relative whom he had employed as a driver? The minisries headed by Nuer and other non Dinka are there Dinkas in those Ministries? Dinka has to blame themsleves because they have liberated you to come and shout at them. No appreciation from you but God and entire world will appreciate the entire works of Dinka in South Sudan.

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      • 22 March 2011 12:27, by Murle Intellectual

        I was only expressing my free opinion as your are. Calling others idiots just because of opinion is itself a prove that you are an idiot yourself with extra difference. Yours is that you are an idiot twice. You have never seen me before. Shut up your dirty mouth

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        • 22 March 2011 13:21, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

          This is how an idiot reasoned. Do you know me by the way? Yes, an idiot like you is braved in expressing such words easily. You are right to tell me to shut up because i brought the freedom of expression to you. Believe me. But remember, one who fought for this country you are enjoying the fruits of it today. We brought it to you to cheat on it the way you feel like.

          Pray to God that similar war with Jalaba should not happen between Southerners themselves. You shall suffer in my hands. What i will do now is to send after you my agents to bring you before me for further explanation.

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          • 22 March 2011 16:16, by Murle Intellectual

            Cibaipiath Thank you

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  • 22 March 2011 12:12, by Thomas Andrew Hissen

    GOSS first you can suspeds all the telecom that operate in this region, ZAIR, MTN, VIVACELL, GEMTEL, SUDANI,simple because on the 9 of July 2011 we are going to have our nations code not longer using for the north sudan,

    Next the government of south Sudan should address the reason that why Gemtel is operating here in south Sudan with Ugadan code and they are paid taxation to the government of Ugandan becasue of using Uganda code why

    The government of south should first dipatch these Gemtel company to go back and operate in Uganda even the government is get nothing on the company otherwise they should change the country code,

    All this company who are link wityh the North they have sent back their staff and the south should employed their own southernes who are searching for Job, not arab should operate this company like MTN ZAIN, this Jalaba are get data from this people of south sudan later on they send to khartoum

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  • 23 March 2011 05:29, by marie

    This is a move to get rid of the competitors of Vivacell which is owned by some of the bosses in GOSS

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