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South Sudan suspends Vivacell telecom operations


March 20, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s National Communication Authority (NCA) has suspended the operations of Vivacell, one of the largest telecommunication companies in the country.

“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 directives of the minister of information, communication technology and postal service”, NCA’s Director General Lado Wani Kenyi said in a letter.

The decision to suspend Vivacell, it further stated, followed directives from the minister of information who directed implementation of his directive, but which will only come into effect for the local clients after one week and “immediately” for international communication.

“However, due to the inconvenience the suspension might cause to the customers, NCA has given Vivacell a period of one (1) week to suspend all operations,” read the 20 March letter.

“But international traffic is immediately suspended, the letter added.

The decision to suspend Vivacell, sources told Sudan Tribune, is linked to its failure to pay taxes and continued using license obtained from Sudan.

The government, according to Kenyi, instead preferred the use of international gateway policy managed by the information ministry.

Vivacel, owned by the Lebanon-based Fattouch Investment Group, launched its Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) network in February 2009.

By early 2011, the company said it had achieved network coverage in all South Sudan’s 10 state capitals, and along main roads from Juba to Yei and Bor.

Apart from Vivacell, however, South Sudan has two other mobile phone operators, MTN and Zain, with reportedly less than 4 million subscribers.


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  • 20 March 19:24, by Kush Natives

    Woow,that must be a big joke! Vivacell is still using North Sudan license since 14 years ago, they must pay a heavy sum of South Sudanese £945.9 millions in order for vivacell to be reinstated. There’s no way! All the business departments MUST be inspected from Fisher to hunters, our wild life now moved to DRC, especially monkeys.

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    • 21 March 06:26, by Midit Mitot

      Shit! JCE government has completely confused, the reason behind this is, JCE government has suspended VIVA CELL thinking that company money is flowing to PAGAN AMUM who brought Viva cell to South Sudan in 2008.

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  • 20 March 22:52, by Masiah

    Kush Natives

    Zain company still using Khartoum licence until now Governement did not open her mouth

    Secondary school exams are still under khartoum approval, Governemt did not do anything

    MTN Company still under South Africa Licence

    SSTV South Africa sponsor

    VivaCell suspend because Dinka always think Pagan Amun have share on it. what kind of brain is this.

    Dinka always Dinka

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    • 21 March 06:06, by Garang Akeen Tong


      What is connection of Dinka, vivacell and Pagan Amum here in this post? Yaa pool inta,
      Your madness toward Dinka wouldn,t help you to overthrow gov,t,

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    • 21 March 09:31, by Kush Natives

      Stop being naive always, whenever we’re discussing sensitive issues that concern the country, you guys are stupidly getting out of control here, where did you magically pulled the name of the Dinka from, while the subject matter is vivacell? You should give yourselves a break folks, although Dinka name stick in your gene!

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  • 21 March 01:39, by lino

    I am against the company only if they are not paying their taxes, but communication companies are International and I don’t care who has shares on them; having shares and earning money is better than go and emptied the government banks!!!

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    • 21 March 02:14, by South South

      Mr. KARAMA, I sorry, I want to say Lino, but the smart phone is changing everything to KARAMA. Very good comment from you

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      • 21 March 06:54, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

        I think there is sense in the Minister’s directive. Let us not just criticize for sake of criticism. If VIVACEL is still using the licence obtained during one Sudan, it has to get an approval from South Sudan to operate.

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      • 21 March 08:04, by Theallseeingeye

        South Sudan
        If you have nothing valuable to offer on this forum please just shut up, what you are doing is just a typical Jienge ideology/habit, a Jienge like you is unfit, worthless, can’t produce and most unfortunately can’t use the brain, that’s way you see those of Kuch/koryom are barking like dogs with the same paragraph over and over again and again

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        • 21 March 08:16, by Theallseeingeye

          South South
          base on my analysis to your comments you are just a poor small Jienge boy who is desperately trying to defend his Kingdom, good for you, but if I were like those of Jubaone,Eastern I wouldn’t waste my time responding to you, because your comments do not make any reasonable sense its jubs like Kuch’s comment the only slight difference is that Kuch’s comment is a copy & paste.

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          • 21 March 08:22, by Theallseeingeye

            while yours are jokes, and by the way the only thing that draw my attention on you today is the magnitude of your stupidity,illiteracy & foolishness, though I shouldn’t be concern about that because this is how God created you(Jienge) "take nothing give nothing" I regret to break my code of conduct this time.

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        • 21 March 11:47, by Garang Akeen Tong


          South south haven,t said anything wrong, compare to you, who fail to differentiated between gov,t and dinka tribe, you blind both eyes and heart that why you fail to reasoning well.

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        • 21 March 12:07, by South South


          You are just stupid and you do not follow people from Equatoira are writing everyday here, shut up a little monkey.

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          • 21 March 12:24, by Theallseeingeye

            South South
            I do not care if you defend the interest of Jienge, Gov, or Extraterrestrial Entity from outer space. my point is you should do it a formal approach. Present your argument,evidence and clue in a most convenient manner to challenge our ideas and perhaps you might gain our support if we are convinced. that is how adults with rational mind debate, rather than making mockery of people name

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            • 21 March 12:31, by Theallseeingeye


              seriously, being as a reader and going through your comments, what valuable information do you think I can get from you comments "karama, what,blah, blah". nothing, you see, you cannot persecute me to accept you system of governance when in fact you dont’t even know how it works,that’s so naive. seeking an ultimate solution to this crises is not only Gov, Jienge responsibility alone,

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              • 21 March 12:36, by Theallseeingeye

                its our collective responsibility as South Sudanese. we should be grateful that ST is giving us opportunity to air out our grievance and difference such that its heard, that’s how problems are identified and solution are developed. because those who are in the inner cycle of the gov won’t raise out concern as citizen of this nation, they mere there to please the president to award with

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                • 21 March 12:40, by Theallseeingeye

                  seats, that’s ridicules. so when we converge here to discuss somethings related to the feature and stability of this country we must debates with open minds, seriousness, consciousness as adults rather than making it as another hall of jokes. thank you

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                  • 21 March 12:51, by South South


                    Oh, you know "KARAMA", very interesting. This is the most stupidest thing I have ever heard as a part of a culture to some people in South Sudan. Don’t waste my time, shut up a little rat.

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                    • 21 March 13:07, by Theallseeingeye

                      South South
                      You see, that’s what I excepted from you,"gain nothing give nothing", what kind of ideology is that "if you failed to convince someone just force him to shut up and case close". that is exactly how your uncle "Kiir" is running the affairs of this country, a good example is the Heading/Title of this very article "South Sudan suspends Vivacell telecom operations" NO ROOM FOR DISCUSSION

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      • 22 March 02:14, by lino

        Real Dinka as we know Ya South always tells the truth; except these Konyo Konyo Regime and Jeing Cancer of Elders in Juba; these are worst Dinka in history!!!
        Practice with your phone a lot it will get my name right in 3 trials!!!

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  • 21 March 06:43, by Lenin Bull

    Either it is because VIVACELL has not paid its registration fees, or because this megalomaniac called Pagan Amum has a lion share in it, it has to be closed immediately. No way Pagan will be working day and night to destroy South Sudan, and at the same time silently using South Sudan for business empire and richness. He doesn’t know that South Sudan is like a mother who is breastfeeding you

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  • 21 March 06:48, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudan is like a mother breastfeeding you with her milk from her loving breasts. Killing her or mistreating her is equal to being mad. Doing business in South Sudan and at the same time working to destroy it is the worst self-destruction by these Alinil nincompoops.

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  • 21 March 07:06, by Eastern

    Dear All,

    This is hilarious. Kiir has forgotten that he’s clinging to the presidency of a new country called South Sudan after being elected in the last SUDANESE GENERAL ELECTIONS! Vivacell, the secondary school examinations, medical treatment in Khartoum, etc are just following Kiir’s way!

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