South Sudan’s First Local Telecom, Digitel Network  Launches Operations

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Monday launched the operation of the first-ever South Sudanese-owned mobile telecom company.

President Salva Kiir cuts a ribbon as South Sudan’s first domestically owned mobile telecommunications company launches in the capital Juba on July, 12, 2021. PHOTO: Digitel South Sudan.

South Sudan on Monday launched its first-ever locally-owned mobile telecom operator, Digitel Network.

President Salva Kiir said the telco will fast-track connectivity to areas previously not served by foreign-owned telecom companies operating in the country.

“To our people who live in remote areas who need mobile service, the government is determined to bring mobile services to your locations,” Kiir said.

In addition, he noted that his government will explore options including tax exemption that will benefit the importation of network equipment and telecommunication tools. 

Athiei De Chan Awuol, Executive Vice President for Digitel said that the company is committed to delivering digital services across the country.

He noted that the launch of Digitel demonstrates the commitment of South Sudanese to develop their country, adding that since 2011 the government has been working hard to attract foreign investors.

Digitel joins South Africa’s MTN and Kuwait’s Zain in the South Sudan telecom market.

Additional by Xinhua