Sudanese incumbent telco Sudatel plans to buy more African mobile licences and expand its business in troubled southern Sudan, a senior company executive has said. ‘If the opportunity arises we hope to expand in Africa,’ said Zainelabdin A Zainelabdin, executive director, adding that the telco would also expand further in the country’s southern regions of Wau, Malakal and Juba. Oil rich southern Sudan suffered greatly during the 21-year civil war between the Southern People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the government. In 2005, a peace agreement was signed and a combined government was set up, which led many displaced people to return to the south strengthening its economy and raising demand for goods and services. Sudan’s economy has grown steadily throughout the 21st century following the start of oil exports in 1999; GDP growth was 10% during 2006 and is expected to be over 13% this year with oil prices at record levels. Zainelabdin claims his company has added two million subscribers from southern Sudan in one year.
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