Reuters is reporting that a new wireless network with coverage of a million people has launched in south Sudan under the Vivacell brand. Lebanon’s Fattouch Investment Group launched the operation after buying wireless licensee Network of the World (NOW) in 2007. ‘This is the NOW licence. Vivacell is a commercial name’ said south Sudanese telecommunications ministry undersecretary Stephen Juma. Gabriel Alaak Garang, finance secretary for the south’s dominant political party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), told Reuters the SPLM had a controlling stake in a company called Wawat Securities, which owns a share in Vivacell. ‘Fattouch owns 75% (of Vivacell) and Wawat 25%’ south Sudanese telecoms minister Gier Chuang told Reuters.
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