Zain Sudan has launched a GSM network in southern Sudan as part of a USD150 million plan to provide services in the formerly embattled region. The cellco has already spent over USD500 million in Sudan, although the bulk of the expenditure has been directed towards the north of the country. ‘We now have a vastly improved service … with 50 antennas across the South,’ said CEO Khaled Muhtadi. He added that the company may have around 150,000 customers in the south, but because lines had been sold on the black market it was difficult to know exactly. Southern Sudan is currently recovering from a long running civil war with the North that has hampered investment in the area.