20 Oct 2021


New Telecommunication Network Launched

A new telecommunication company, known as Nile Tel, South Sudan was launched on Tuesday.

New Telecommunication Network Launched
Michael Makuei Lueth Minister of Information and Telecommunication posing with officials of NileTel during the launch [Photo by Jale Richard]

 By Jale Richard

JUBA, 19 July 2017 [Gurtong]-Chief Executive Officer, Wafi Adam Hamdan said the company is entering the market because he anticipates South Sudan’s economy to recover and grow for businesses.

The new mobile operator, expected to begin operation in 8 months will cover all the major towns of the country in the first phase of its operationalization, and will be extended all over the country in future, according to Hamdan.

Launching the company, Minister of Information and Telecommunication, Michaekl Makuei Lueth, said the new company will be of better service to the people of South Sudan.

“We are launching Niletel at a time when some of the other companies are at the verge of collapse, but we will continue to render services to the people of South Sudan,” he said.

The government Spokesperson said the government owns 25% shares in the new telecommunication company, which enables it to have a say in its operation.

“The other companies are privately owned, the government is not a shareholder, and as such we don’t have a say in those companies but with Niletel, we are partners and we will have a say, and we will render better services to the people of South Sudan,” said Makuei.

There are four mobile telecommunication operating companies in the country. Vivacell, MTN, and Zain all privately owned. Gemtel had previously faded out of the market.


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