24 Nov 2014

Telecommunications

Telecommunication in and around the 10 southern Sudan states is of great variance.

Gone are the days that communication with the outside world was dependent on hand-delivered mail or radio communication. In pre-2005 era all the way until shortly after the signing of the CPA, the most sophisticated and common modes of communication were the Thuraya Satellite phones.
 
These were big hand-held devices which are still in operation up to date though have been overtaken by new inventions and mobile phones. Telecommunication companies are making a dash to this part of the country, with each hoping to get a share of the network coverage.
 
For internet services, the R- BGAN also known as Regional BGAN, was Inmarsat's first "always-on" Internet Protocol data service for the land-mobile market. It was launched in 2002 but was closed at the end of 2008 and has been superseded by Inmarsat's BGAN service, which offers simultaneous voice and broadband data connectivity. There have also been new inventions coming into the market like the use of satellite equipment for internet known as the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSATs) by companies like Iway Africa and Bilpam Telecommunications. A telecommunication invention by the name Get2Net Satellite Internet has been unveiled by Bilpam Telecommunications and provides internet even in the remote areas.
 
Mobile Telecommunication: There are five major mobile phone networks in South Sudan. None is dominant, and most people have several phones or sim cards. Each network has different coverage when outside Juba. There is no interconnectivity between some networks and thus a call from one to another network often has to be made as an expensive international call.
 
However, the use of satellite phone services of Thuraya is far more extensive. It has a wider reach within the South due to satellite technology and is handy in many areas where there is no telecommunication set up.
Fixed lines are at present still considered a rarity in many areas.
 
Additional information obtained from Melissa Phillips and Juba Travel Guide Website http://www.jubatravelguide.com.

GEMTEL Green Network is the first telecom operator to launch operations in South Sudan. It has developed new services and expanded its footprint to reach all remote areas.

Products and Services
Gemtel Green Network offers GSM services as voice (Prepaid, Postpaid Account), dedicated E1 microwave link, SMS, CRBT, PABX solutions, credit transfer, other value added services customized as per customer’s demand especially for corporate.
Gemtel, also offer high speed internet services connected to the world through the submarine fiber optical cable to corporate, NGOs and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). Gemtel also offer desk phone which have many of the benefits of the Fixed Wireless Terminal.
  • Cost only 250ssp (included free SIM card)
  • Internal backup battery included
  • Big LCD display which can show signal intensity, clock, battery consumption, new message, miss call notification, caller ID
  • Support SMS, call log, phone book     
Tariffs
  • Gemtel to Gemtel calls, cost only 12 Piasters/min and 1piasters/5Sec and
  • Gemtel to all other network in South Sudan cost only 22 piaster per minutes and 2Piasters/5Sec.
  • Call East Africa from only 36 piaster
  • Call USA, America, China, UEA, Canada, Australia… at only 36 piaster/min
  • Call Ethiopia, Eritrea & Somalia from only 55 piaster/min
Coverage
Gemtel Green Network covers all major towns of the ten states of South Sudan(Torit, Bor, Malakal, Yei Morobo, Kaya, Lanya, Wau, Tonj, Mapel, Pala, Aweil, Yambio, Bentiu, and Kuacjok)
 
Please contact customer care on 123 for more information.
 
 

 

Last updated at 11/11/2014
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