As is the case in many markets throughout the continent, ICT plays an integral role in the socio-economic development of the country and South Sudanese authorities are stepping up efforts to regulate the industry.

The telecommunications industry is still very much in development, but, upon closer inspection, there is expected to be significant competition for the country’s growing mobile consumer base.

Specifically, there has been a concerted effort to clamp down on unregistered SIM cards. Earlier this year South Sudan’s Ministry of Telecommunication pushed the deadline for the registration of SIM cards following a low turnout of people.

There are 5 mobile phone carriers operating in Juba and these are: Gemtel, Vivacell, MTN, Mobitel (Zain), and Sudatel

The market for mobile internet services is flourishing, and traffic for services such as SMS more than tripled in the year to June 2013.

Markets in ICT sector include the following

Main Operators in the Telecom sector in South Sudan

Market penetration in South Sudan

General distributors of phones and computers in South Sudan