Vivacell shut down for failing to pay taxes

28 Mar 2018

The South Sudanese authorities have officially shut down the operations of Vivacell, after the cellco failed to comply with government regulations. Daily Nation cites Information Minister and government spokesman Michael Makuei as saying that Vivacell had failed to pay over USD60 million in taxes since its establishment. Last week telecoms regulator the National Communication Authority (NCA) halted international traffic on the mobile operator’s network and gave it one week to suspend all operations. Vivacell, which is owned by Lebanon’s Fattouch Investment Group, competed with MTN and Zain in the South Sudanese mobile market.