Sudanese incumbent Sudatel has said that its fixed and fixed-wireless subscriber base topped four million at the end of April 2008. Sudatel offers a wireline infrastructure in the country’s main cities, augmented by full mobility fixed-wireless services in more that 800 rural districts. The company also has investments in Senegal and Mauritania.
In an extraordinary general meeting last month, the operator decided to increase its capital base from USD750 million to USD2.5 billion via a rights issue, and to change its name to become Sudatel Group for Telecoms. It is keen to become one of five top telecoms operators in the Arab world and Africa, despite being barred from doing business with any US-based company over. Sudatel appears on a 31-firm blacklist drawn up by Washington officials in May 2007 in an attempt to sanction the country over its failure to bring to an end prolonged violence in the western Darfur region. Sudatel has simply instructed its main vendors, including Ericsson, Nokia, Alca-Lu, Siemens and Huawei, not to introduce any US components into Sudan.
In Mauritania, Sudatel’s subsidiary Chinguitel has around 160,000 subscribers, and the Sudanese outfit also holds a telecoms licence in Senegal as well as a 70% stake in Nigerian public telephony operator (PTO) Intercellular. It also claims to be in talks with companies in Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo.