South Sudan has launched its first international gateway to ease call rates and boost internet services offered by its two telecom companies. Michael Makuei Lueth, minister of information and broadcasting, said the country will benefit from quality international communication for voice and data besides improving on the hitherto slow internet connectivity in the nation, which is seeking recovery from more than five years of conflict.
He said the new gateway is a public-private partnership with international partners experienced in telecommunication, with a shared revenue agreement with government.
MTN and Zain are still trading in South Sudan after Lebanese-owned telecom Vivacell was forced to shut down in a licence row with authorities. Martin Keller, director of MGI Company, which developed the gateway, said it will enable the transfer of knowledge, and help in capacity building and boosting revenue generation for the country.