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ICT and Telecom Sector in South Sudan

South Sudan became an independent state in July 2011 and is a member state of the African Union and a member state of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

The country is still in the process of building its economy, there is already a significant amount of activity within the country’s ICT sector, particularly efforts to expand broadband connectivity and mobile services.

The telecommunications industry is still very much in development and this is expected to lead to increased competition for the country’s growing mobile consumer base.

Regulatory Framework

Ministry of higher education, research science and technology
The Ministry has a mandate to implement policies, plans, programs, and general coordination of higher education, science and technology in tertiary institutions in the Republic of South Sudan

 Functions

  • Equitable access to tertiary institutions in South Sudan
  • Improve and expand infrastructures of existing HEIs
  • Develop effective and efficient management system and service deliver in HEIs
  • Solicit funding to manage HEIs in South Sudan
  • Promote private sector and bilateral donors investment in tertiary education
  • Establish a legal and policy framework for higher education institutions
  • License private HEIs and evaluate programs
  • Align HEI operated by other line Ministries
  • Ensure that HEIs meet national, regional and global market demands
  • Promote research, science and technological innovation and skills transfers for national, regional and global development
  • Strengthen cultural ties through partnerships and bilateral donors.

Ministry of telecommunications and postal services
The mandate of the Ministry is to formulate, coordinate and implement national policies, plans and programs in the communications sector including postal services, Telecommunications and information Technology.

Functions:
The Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services performs the following functions and duties:

  • Formulation and implementation of telecommunications for South Sudan.
  • Management of air waves spectrum through frequencies allotment including specified bands for radio and television.
  • Regulate and license local telecommunications operators.
  • Regulation of public and private “Very Small Aperture Terminal” linkages.
  • Supervision of South Sudan telecommunication networks roll-out plans.
  • Promote and manage the communications technology sector.
  • Encourage and support communications technology research and development.
  • Promote regional and international collaboration and coordination in the telecommunications sector.
  • Establish standards and regulations for the importation of telecommunication equipment and devices.
  • Regulate and license Internet Service Providers.
  • Develop and execute an e-government strategy.
  • Formulate and implement a South Sudan postal services policy.
  • Regulate and license local telecommunications operators.
  • Supervise postal services to ensure delivery service.
  • Promotion of efficiency and security in the regional and international postal networks.
  • To oversee the establishment of telecommunications networks in the ten States; and
  • To promote public-private partnerships to provide telecommunications services to population centres on a profit making basis.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
The ministry functions as the mouthpiece of the government having the mandate to disseminate government press releases, press statements, and organization of public education campaigns. The ministry also organizes public events that engage the people of South Sudan in dialogue with their government and offer independent media outlets with opportunities to cover government activities.

National Telecommunication Council (NTC)
Telecommunications within South Sudan are regulated by the National Telecommunication Council (NTC) established in 1996.

Telecommunications Policy
Government’s policy is to ensure equitable and easy access to telecommunication services by the citizens of South Sudan.

The ICT and Telecom sector has been summarized to include the following

Telecom and ICT Profile

Infrastructure Support

Market

Postal Subsector in South Sudan

Telecom Subsector of South Sudan

Investment opportunities in ICT and Telecom Sector of South Sudan