Telecommunication in and around South 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.
However, telecommunication companies have made a dash to this part of the country in the last ten years since the CPA. There is varied service from Internet service providers (ISPS) to Mobile Telecommunications. With technology advancement, one can actually get data on mobile via the data bundles provided by the Mobile companies.
Regulation of the Communication sector falls under the Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services http://www.motps.goss.org/
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
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). As of May 2016, more than 15 Internet Service Providrs are operating in South Sudan.
IPTEC LTD is one of the licensed ISP and ICT Service & Solution Company in South Sudan. They provide Internet service via WiMAX and Satellite (V-SAT), Data communication services, Software & Web Development, ICT Service & Solutions and ICT Infrastructure Development.
IPTEC offers 4G WiMAX Internet Service in Juba Capital City of South Sudan and their VSAT Service is based on C-Band, KU-Band and KA-Band. IPTEC Provides Corporate customers System Integration & Networking Solutions, ICT Consultancy, Software Development, Website Design & E-commerce solutions, and ICT Equipment Supply.
RCS offers various Internet- and Intranet connectivity options, delivered via a variety of VSAT (available across the region)-, WIMAX (currently limited to Juba, South Sudan) and mobile satellite platforms.
Bilpam Telecommunications Co. Ltd was incorporated and licensed in 2006 as an Internet Service Provider in South Sudan. They provide competitive pricing and unparalleled on the ground technical support to your various companies in the oil and gas industry, banking, manufacturing, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations and the medium and large business enterprises. Also provide broadband solutions for residential users.
Contacts: Tongping Business CenterJuba, South SudanTel: +211 957104001/+211 977104001
Fast Network Ltd
Fast Network Ltd (brand name fastNet) provides network designing; delivering and deploying WiMAX based broadband wireless access (BWA) solutions in Juba, South Sudan. They have embraced WiMAX a large internet service portfolios.
Space Engineering Ltd
Space Engineering Ltd offers internet connectivity that utilizes the latest VSAT Satellite technology. Their VSAT satellite communication is available all over South Sudan in Africa via C-band and Ku band satellite. They provide VSAT services, disaster recovery, broadband internet, private networks, IP termination services.
Mobile Service Providers
GEMTEL Green Network
GEMTEL Green Network was the first telecom operator to launch operations in South Sudan. It has developed new services and expanded its footprint to reach all remote areas.
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)
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.
MTN's coverage goes all across and around South Sudan with many distribution outlets. This means MTN customers enjoy our wide range of services and solutions, including Internet everywhere they go.
However, as of March 2016, there were reports that MTN may shut down citing reduced customer sales and a huge loss following currency devaluation in December 2015.
Vivacell went live in late 2008. Since then, it has gained brand recognition throughout South Sudan, improved telecommunication services in all areas it covered, achieved a total subscriber base close to one million and has employed over 300 workers, the majority of whom are South Sudanese.
Zain South Sudan
Zain operates in South Sudan under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South Sudan government, awaiting an official operating license.
As an independent country, the population of South Sudan stands at approximately 10 million inhabitants, with prepaid customers dominating the telecom market and accounting for around 99% of the country’s overall customer base.
Today, Zain South Sudan is supported by over 300 third generation (3G) voice and data enabled network sites. The technology being deployed nationwide can easily be upgraded to super-fast 4G LTE. Providing high-quality voice and faster internet access across many parts of the country, reflects Zain’s commitment to spreading its wonderful world, playing a critical role in the economic and social advancement .
Contact Zain South Sudan: email@example.com