Local internet firm M-Marsat Mobile has announced plans to launch mobile phone and internet services in the southern Lakes State (Al Buhayrat). The Sudan Tribune reports that infrastructure is in deployment and service testing has begun. Cellco MTN Sudan is also reported to be extending services to the state capital Rumbek, with a launch tabled in the near future. Lakes is one of the 26 ‘wilayat’ or states of Sudan. It is roughly twice the size of Wales and has an estimated population of 350,000. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Sudan’s wireless market was home to three competitors sharing rather less than seven million subscribers at the end of September 2007. The market leader by some margin was Zain Sudan (formerly Mobitel), with a 51% share, while MTN Sudan was second, with 28%. The remaining 21% went to the cellular arm of fixed line incumbent Sudatel.
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