South Sudan hikes call tariffs amid economic turmoil

5 Mar 2019

South Sudan’s National Communication Authority (NCA) has increased local and international call rates due to the depreciation of the local currency. Xinhua cites a statement from NCA director Ladu Wani Kenyi as saying that the hike in rates will come into force on 7 March, in order to safeguard the availability of services and security in the country. ‘The NCA would like to inform the general public that due to the depreciation of the South Sudanese pound to the US dollar the mobile network operators requested a review of the current tariffs exchange of SSP70 (USD0.5) to SSP170 because the revenues they currently generate cannot cover the cost of their operations and maintenance of networks,’ Kenyi said.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, there are currently two active mobile operators in South Sudan, namely the local units of South Africa’s MTN Group and Kuwait-based Zain Group. A third cellco, Vivacell, was shut down by the authorities in March 2018 for failing to pay taxes and licence fees.