Digitel eyes Bor in extension plans
The Jonglei State government is mulling a discussion with Digitel telecommunication company to use the defunct Vivacell and Gemtel towers to boost the network in Bor.
A visiting team from the Juba-based Digitel company met with the state authorities last Friday in Bor to access the towers.
According to the state minister of information, John Manyuon, the meeting encompassed a discussion on accessing the antennas in the state to expand their services to people living in Bor.
“We appreciate the team for their visit and we want to see a Digitel network in Bor town. [They also visited] also to meet with the state government officials to share their plan of expansion to Jonglei,” Manyuon said.
Manyuon said there are four sites suitable for such towers in Bor town, and they have been accessed pending return for the installation.
“We are hopeful that before the new year, we might have a Digitel network in Jonglei State. However, our priority is to have better communication within the state, especially since we have been facing challenges with the two telecommunication companies, though they are trying their best,” he said.
” Zain upgraded to 4G in August while MTN is still on 3G, but with the current tariffs [that have] affected the citizens, if Digitel operates in Jonglei State as a new product in the market, it will be a little bit cheaper.”
Manyoun said that, according to the National Communication Authorities (NCA) agreement, the telecommunication companies are supposed to share the existing antennas.