The advent of competition over the next two years will bring much needed growth to Sudan’s fixed line and cellular markets, according to a study by the Arab Investors Group (AIG). Both sectors currently remain a monopoly of national PTO Sudatel, but a second mobile operator is due to be licensed by the end of 2004 and the AIG predicts that the market will experience an annual growth rate of 50% in the three years thereafter, pushing the country’s mobile penetration rate to 10% by 2008, up from 1.6% in 2003. The fixed line sector is due to be liberalised in 2005 and the AIG expects national wireline connections to grow at an annual rate of 25% until 2008 to reach a penetration rate of around 7.7% by that date, up from 2.8% at the end of 2003.
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