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Mobile operator MTN to expand operations in South Sudan


May 1, 2018 (JUBA) - South African telecom operator, MTN has promised to expand its operations in South Sudan to cater for the rising demand for the mobile services.

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Third Row (L-R) chief information officer George Nassif and head corporate affairs Dhlomo lead students to MTN base station at Nyakuron June 19, 2014 (Photo: J. Perpetual)

MTN head of corporate services in Juba, Khumbulani Dhlomo has, however, said was grappling with numerous challenges emanating from the prolonged civil war.

Dhlomo, The East African reported, said the challenges included the economic downturn and insecurity to connect the entire country. The shutdown of Vivacell mobile network has also presented a huge burden to MTN to enhance its capacity to cater for over a million subscribers.

“There is a bit of too much demand for everything that we have not planned for. The most affected people are our customers because they seem not to be able to get what they want at the time they want,” Dhlomo said .

He disclosed that MTN’s major projects such as the building of about 40 towers countrywide were halted by the conflict.

“Our ability to quickly expand the network is going to be a challenge to us, but we will remain put and improve our services,” he said.

MTN spent $170 million on the South Sudan network infrastructure from 2014-2015 but has made no profit since 2012, the official said.

MTN is the second largest mobile operator in South Sudan after Vivacell with over 800,000 subscribers. The subscribers could increase as Vivacell mobile network was closed down in March over tax dispute with the government.


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  • 2 May 18:37, by Lenin Bull

    "MTN everywhere you go" Go on MTN go to all corners of our beloved nation. Those who don’t like MTN should cut off their dicks or lick their clits and at the end use MTN to call their loved ones for more love. Cha Majok thiak e Nyan Nuer!

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    • 2 May 21:36, by jubaone

      Now jienges are the most happiest people. After dismantling vivacell, MTN can go everywhere like jienges. I am told every jienge will get a 500 SSP bonus free airtime cuz MTN istheirs. MTN for MTNs 😁.

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      • 3 May 10:46, by wau nar

        Juba 10
        Without jiengs by then there could be no something called ss as you are talking about they free you from your father arab who used to take your mothers to Juba for one to two shortup and eat your lam gaba

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        • 3 May 19:25, by jubaone

          Way Nar
          You Darfuri bastard. Go home and help your half naked parents to get some clothing and food instead of idling in Equatoria like some irate tailless monkey. Even as a slave, you are just worthless cuz you can’t work, think and do anything. Just a useless burden who has to be nursed like a baby 👶 ya aryan jienge. Oh MTN 😁

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