Communications in Sudan

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Communication in Sudan


Pre-privatization era (up to 1994)

Sudan has known telecommunication services as early as 1897. Since that time, the entity in charge of telecommunication had undergone a number of organizational restructuring changes. All forms of entities established were government-owned that remained, for all practical purposes, entities without little or no operational and financial autonomy and little control over their own destiny.

Despite many development plans and efforts, the state of telecommunication sector in the country remained extremely poor up to the year 1994. By that time, Sudan had one of the lowest penetration rates (0.23%) even by regional standards.

Privatization era (1994 and Beyond)

The Three-Year Economic Salvation Programme (1990–1993),adopted by the Government of Sudan, emphasized the role of telecommunications in the socio-economic development process and called for the removal of the monopolistic environment in the sector and for the involvement of the private sector-whether local or foreign-in the telecommunication sector as well as in other sectors of the economy in an endeavour to overcome the persistent shortfalls in investment and performance. As an outcome of this programme, the structure of the telecommunication sector in the country at present is as follows:

a) The Ministry (Ministry of Information & Communications):in charge of policies and legislations. b) The Regulator (National Telecom Corporation, NTC):in charge of regulatory functions. c) The Licensed operators and service providers: in charge of the operation of licensed networks and of the provision of the services.

Evolution of the telecommunication sector (1994-Sep 2006)

Fixed Services SUDATEL 19 April 1993 TDM/MPLS 1,493,674 200 locations 411,000 CANAR

(Limited Mobility)	10/11/2004	IP-MPLS/CDMA	250,000	5 locations	104,720

[edit] Growth of Fixed and Mobile Communications (1994-Sep 2006)

YEARS 1994 2000 2004 2005 2006 FIXED Capacity X 1000 150 416 1500 1500 1500 Subscribers X 1000 64 386 1929 680 515 MOBILE Capacity X 1000 - 20.0 1250 2000 4800 Subscribers X 1000 - 16.7 1050 1866 3370

[edit] Internet in Sudan (2006)

Internet services are available via :

  • dial-up  : 56/230 kbit/s
  • Frame Relay : 2 Mbit/s
  • DSL : 4 Mbit/s

Note : No internet services were available before 1996.

(*)Licensed Providers of value-added Services :

  • ISPs  : 21
  • Pre-paid Telephone Cards  :17
  • Voice mail  : 1
  • IVR/SMS  : 47
  • Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)  : 3
  • Technical Support  : 3

[edit] Country code (Top level domain)


[edit] International & Regional Connectivity

ARABSAT 1468 Circuits, Arab World

MIDNET 60 Circuits, Africa

INTELSAT 398 Circuits, International

BT E/S 180 Circuits, Internet

Submarine system-SAS 149 systems, International (*)

Optic fiber link to Ethiopia 60 Circuits, Ethiopia

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