South Sudan suspends fiber optic company over “shoddy work”

A team headed by the Director-General of National Communication Authority, Hon. Napoleon Adok Gai visits Muya Fiber Construction Company along the Juba-Bhar El Gazal Road
A team headed by Director-General of the NCA, Hon. Napoleon Adok Gai visits Muya Fiber Optic along the Juba-Bhar El Gazal Road | Photo: SSBC

The South Sudanese government has suspended a fiber construction company, Muya Fiber Construction Company, for failing to comply with policies set forth by the National Communications Authority (NCA).

This comes after the government officials went up to inspect the ongoing installations of fiber optic cables and poles, which are expected to connect Juba and Bahr al-Ghazal region.

Speaking to the state-owned SSBC, the Director General of the National Communication Authority, Hon. Napoleon Adok Gai cautioned foreign companies against using South Sudan as an experimental ground.

“Muya has not been able to stand to the standards we have requested. The went ahead and laid the fiber cables using poles which we had initially disagreed with because we wanted poles to be only in the city—but outside across the nation we wanted to bury [underground fiber optic cables].”

“I now issue a suspension for Muya Fiber Optic until they obtain all the alignments for this work and their operations in Juba because Muya has been elusive —and this is an appeal to all the licenced fiber optic operators in the country to make sure that they conform with the regulatory rules.”

“Why do you use our country as an experimental ground?,” he asked.

Fiber optic cables provide an effective bandwidth that significantly carry more data than copper cables and are far less likely to be affected by power blackouts or electromagnetic interference.