South Sudan launched its first-ever state-owned operated mobile telecom company on Monday.
President Salva Kiir Kiir during the launch says Digitel Telecommunications will fast-track connectivity of 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 Juba, adding that his government played a crucial role in ensuring Digitel operates in the country.
“The launch of Digitel demonstrates the commitment of South Sudan to develop their country, adding that since 2011, the government has been working hard to attract foreign investors” Athiei De Chan Awuol, Executive Vice President for Digitel said.
“The government will explore options including tax exemption that will benefit importation of network equipment and telecommunication tools. These equipment will help increase the digital literacy program for our next generation ICT-driven economy,” Kiir said.
Digitel joins South African-owned mobile telecom MTN, and Zain telecom in the South Sudan market.