Govt wants Vivacell back provided that it complies with regulations

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Oct 31, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Director-General of the National Communication Authority (NCA), Napoleon Adok Gai, has said that there’s still a window of opportunity for a Lebanon-based mobile operator, Vivacell, should it adhere to regulations set forth by the National Communication Authority.

We still consider Vivacell operational because they still hold our license. They were only suspended to put their house in order but they have not come back to us,” said Napoleon Adok Gai Director General National Communication in an interview with Radio Miraya.

In March 2018, the government of South Sudan revoked the licence of the mobile network operator, Vivacell, accusing it of failing to conform and act in accordance with the country’s regulations and policies.

“The National Communication Authority would like to inform the public that the operations of Vivacell Mobile Network Operator has been suspended, effective from 20th March 2018, due to the directives of the Minister of Information, Communication Technology and Postal Services,” the statement signed by Information Minister Michel Makuei partly read.

The suspension of Vivacell’s license dealt a huge blow to millions of South Sudanese subscribers who were counting on Vivacell for reliable Internet access and voice communications.

Vivacell, a Lebanon-based mobile company was officially launched in Southern Sudan in 2009 by Fattouch Investment Group after purchasing Wireless License Network of the World in March 2007.

Report | By Buay Kapduel

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