NCA to boost telecommunication network in remote areas

NCA to boost telecommunication network in remote areas
Napoleon Adok Gai, Director-General of the National Communication Authority. [Photo: Radio Miraya]

The National Communication Authority has set up a plan to boost telecommunication networks in remote areas across the country.

Director-General of the National Communication Authority, Napoleon Adok, said they have already identified 21 locations that need network installation in Warrap State.

 “The national communication authority is doing an assessment state by state. We are trying to bridge the gap between the existing telecommunications and the areas without communications, ” he said.

“We have started with Warrap, and we have identified 21 locations. We still have Eastern Equatoria State where we have to identify 16 and so far, we have established two at the moment,” he explained.

Adok said it is going to be a countrywide exercise and the states are expected to be assessed within this year.

 “We are targeting remote areas that do not have network communications, and we are trying to bridge the gap using the Universal Server Extra fund, the kind of revenue collected from operators by the government to be used to provide communications to areas that are far away,” he explained.

Local governments and communities were also involved in the assessment processes to assist in identifying the severed communication gap. These include the identification of the existing network and what the coverage could be, as well as identifying the locations where people are staying and trading locations in remote areas.

“We tell people that these are the projects that are covered to supplement the existing network, so we don’t go and install a new mobile network, but we just extend the coverage of the existing network,’’ Adok said.

“Our partners in these projects are the operators of the Mobile Telephone Network MTN and Zain,’’ he added.

South Sudan’s telecommunications are among the least developed in the world and lack a phone network in most of the counties in the country.