Vivacell managers at a previous press briefing in Juba. [ Gurtong/ Juma John Stephen]
By Juma John Stephen
JUBA, 21 May 2012 [Gurtong] – The firm’s network will cover Kaya road that passes through Alero, Jombu, Kanja, Gulumbi, Mororbo, and Bazi up to Kaya Town.
Residents in the above areas have persistently complained of lack of a mobile telephone network, which they say has alienated them from the rest of the world.
Other areas that still lack mobile telephony services in the state include Mongo, Ombaci and Kejiko among others. As a result, the residents are forced to travel to Yei in order to access the services.
The South Sudanese Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services has engaged mobile telephony operators in the country in talks in a bid to ensure coverage of the entire South Sudan.
However, just recently the Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services Madut Biar Yel announced the suspension of Zain network in nine counties of Upper Nile State over what he termed “security reasons”.
He said the move was necessitated by the location of the firm’s central operations in Khartoum in neighbouring Sudan.