Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The telecommunications farce in South Sudan

One can not talk of any benefit nor be it monetary that should accrue when six multi million dollar worth telecommunication companies operate in South Sudan. South Sudan's telecommunication industry is being exploited with an impunity unmatched any where in worlds known.

The key players in South Sudan's telecommunication industry are GoSS' Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Sudan's telecommunication's industry regulator, the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC), Zain Sudan (Mobitel) , Sudatel, and MTN Sudan which are Khartoum licensed and are also allowed to operate in the South without remitting even a piesta (Read: Cent) to the South (Read: GoSS). Gemtel, and Network of the World (NOW) South Sudan based telecommunication companies not allowed to operate in Khartoum government controlled areas and which companies seem to luck business acumen befitting the worlds most paying industry.

The government in South Sudan can not lay claims that these telecommunication companies' license fees have benefited its government. This is because there is a chaos of an industry in South Sudan that one can justly say the South failed to address pro actively and whose attempted reactive response has been hampered by inadequate skills and outdated human resource to regulate, monitor and at least relicense the industry. The passive effect of the transition period is also to blame for the slow efforts to bring about the needed millions of dollars to South Sudan's confers!

An urgency in South Sudan's telecommunication industry should not be mentioned again but all the Khartoum licensed operators are also trading in the obvious privacy of persons in the South who use their inevitable services or should we call it disservice as US$ 2.5 is levied per client having to register personal details.

Among the many battle fronts of the Sudan, one may as well say South Sudan has lost miserably the economic and e-warfare capacities in telecommunication. The telecommunication companies are enjoying themselves and at the expense of the socio-economic realities in the Sudan and even seem to be agents of the powers that be to a detriment.

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