A report carried in the international press suggests that the Chadian government has sold a 60% stake in Societe des Telecommunications de Tchad (SOTEL) to an unnamed British company. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms, SOTEL is the monopoly provider of local, long-distance and international telephony services in Chad. It was established in 2000 following the separation of domestic phone services from the national postal service, as stipulated under Law 009/PR/98. The company operates five switches in addition to ten VSAT stations. In August 2001 the operator signed an agreement with ITXC Corporation to originate and terminate international traffic via ITXC’s VoIP network. SOTEL has three satellite earth stations located in the capital which uplink to Intelsat 903.