South Sudan, May 2 – Telecom operator Vivacell could have handed Africa’s premium telecommunications network provider MTN a huge boost as it seeks to stretch its influence in the country. Vivacell was earlier last year shut down by South Sudan government owing to the authorities some substantial amount of money in terms of taxes.
Due to the company’s inability to pay their dues, legal actions had to be taken place and since then MTN has been eyeing the potential of serving the hungry market. By numbers, Vivacell was the leading telco in the country, but MTN could scrap the market laying in wait for grab. MTN was second in command, following closely Vivacell in the race of the most influential telco.
MTN has been vigilant to expand its networking operations and could see a potential move to South Sudan sonner or later. With the situation of the market, they could soon be up and running serving new and old customers with efficiency having been given the upper hand with the fall of Vivacell.
However, MTN could face a rather bigger hurdle with the country’s economic downturn not being a favorable condition for growth and expansion of any business. Vivacell could rarely make profits since its inception in the country, courtesy of the political instability and economic instability as well. MTN is not new to the business environment but could see the challenges amounting to bigger barriers.
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The challenge to put up close to 40 towers could be a far fetched idea with the logistics involved. The market is believed to be in great demand for everything and MTN could have limited resources to satisfy their wants. Serving over million subscribers in a country with a number of setbacks and drawbacks has stood between them and their success.