Kiir commissioned first indigenous telecom company
President Salva Kiir Mayardit officiated this morning launched Digitel Network, South Sudan’s first fully-owned mobile operator
Digitel Network is South Sudan’s third mobile operator, with the goal of accelerating access in areas hitherto unserviced by mobile phone carriers.
Kiir assured citizens during the launch of the Government’s commitment to bringing mobile services to remote areas.
“The work of establishing mobile service infrastructure is ongoing. Maper, Rumbek North County, and Pochalla in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area have just gained access to the mobile network. I’ve been informed that Boma in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area and Kuron Peace Village in Kapoeta East County would also be connected to the mobile network within three weeks”.
I’ve been informed that Boma in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area and Kuron Peace Village in Kapoeta East County would also be connected to the mobile network within three weeks”.
These advancements occurred as a result of direct government engagement, supplemented by private sector efforts in the telecommunications sector.
“To emphasise its commitment to rural populations’ access to mobile networks, the government will investigate several possibilities, including tax exemptions on network equipment and other telecommunications instruments.
This equipment will contribute to the expansion of digital literacy initiatives for the next generation in the information and communication technology, or ICT, driven economy.
The tax exemption I propose would be implemented in consultation with the national revenue authority to ensure that tax exemption modalities are consistent with the revenue authority’s mandate”. Salva Kiir, President, stated.
The president also, directed the Ministry of Roads and Bridges to coordinate with the National Communication Authority in order to incorporate provisions for telecommunication infrastructure into all road design and construction in order to support the goal of extending digital services to a large portion of the country.