The town of Rumbek in South Sudan has launched its first mobile phone service after 21 years of civil war in the country. The service is being provided by operator Network of the World (NOW), which took nine months to get the network up and running. NOW currently provides services to around 1,000 customers in Rumbek and neighbouring Yei, with the company’s operations director, Richard Herbert, predicting that this figure will reach 5,000 by the end of 2005. He also plans to introduce internet and phone systems in all of the country’s other main towns and cities.
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