Ministry implements SIM registration

2 Jul 2012

South Sudan’s Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services has asked mobile subscribers of the newly independent country to register their details, in line with a resolution passed by the cabinet in June 2011, Oye Times reports. Sudan’s mobile operators – Kuwait-based Zain, South Africa’s MTN and local firm Sudatel – began dividing their operations into two units after the South gained independence in July 2011, but have yet to agree a licence fee with the new country. ‘Now that the companies have separated their networks from Sudan and [are] adopting the South Sudan country code +211, the Ministry has assessed and resolved that it is time to fully implement the move. We are now calling upon the citizens to register as per this resolution,’ said Ministry Undersecretary Stephen Lugga Juma, adding that the move will help prevent the misuse of mobile phones in the country.