Latest: MTN finally launches 4G generation in the capital, Juba

December 3, 2020 (Thessherald)–As citizens struggle with limited internet access across all parts of the country – the second largest mobile operator, MTN has announced the launch of 4G generation and affirmed its commitment to expanding its coverage to more than 70 locations in the capital, Juba.

“Today as we launch 4G, we celebrate again the resilience and strength of the people of South Sudan,” the mobile operator said in a statement on Thursday, adding that “4G is here to open new doors because at MTN we believe everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life.”

“During the launch event MTN CEO Gordian Kyomukama announced the launch of over 70 sites in Juba with a commitment to provide 100% 4G coverage in Juba as well as to extend to other parts of the country in 2021.”

MTN, South Sudan’s second largest mobile operator, has come under fire for its poor connectivity and high data consumption on the Internet.

What’s 4G?

4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone technology. It follows on from 3G (third generation) and 2G (second generation) mobile technology.

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

Fuel shortage grip S. Sudan as MTN network switched off in Ikotos

May 5, 202 (Thessherald)– Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, fuel shortage has disrupted normal operations of essential services, including MTN network in Ikotos county of Eastern Equatoria State, according to an official quoted by Radio Tamazuj on Monday.

Appealing to relevant authorities last week, Maurice Ladu Wani, the county’s Executive Director urged the Government to provide fuel on a timely manner.

For his part, David Mushoke, the branch manager for MTN in Torit noted that that fuel shortages had stalled the operations of the MTN network and echoed the call for urgent intervention from the Government .

“Our fuel truck got stuck on the road, but it is transporting fuel that will last for three to four months. We also have backup guys who are on the ground,” he said.