The President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, presided over the official launch ceremony of Digitel Telecommunications, the country’s third largest telecom operator, on Monday 12 July.
The new competitor to South Africa’s MTN and Kuwait’s Zain is fully owned by local investors. Its mission is to bring telecoms services to uncovered areas and accelerate people’s access to digital services.
President Kiir said his government is committed to bringing mobile services to remote areas. He noted that South Sudan needs to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of digital technology.
“The installation of mobile service infrastructure is an ongoing process. Recently people in Maper, Rumbek North County and Pochalla in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area have been connected to a mobile network.
“I have been informed that in three weeks’ time, Boma in the Greater Pibor Administrative area and Kuron Peace Village in Kapoeta East County will also be connected to the mobile network,” said Mr Kiir.
Athiei De Chan Awuol, Executive Vice President for Digitel said that the company is committed to delivering digital services across the country.
“For us to launch our telecom services and products at 10 years of our independence anniversary shows that South Sudanese can contribute towards a bright future for ourselves, for our children and for the next generation,” said Mr Awuol.