Loses 10% of South Sudan customers
MTN GROUP’S South Sudan unit said it has lost about 10 percent of its subscribers since violence flared in July and half its transmission sites are off-line, as the subsidiary of Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company by sales tries to ride out a three-year civil war. Most customers lost were in the southern region of Equatoria, which has been riven by insecurity in the aftermath of fighting in the capital, Juba, about 11 months ago, said Khumbulani Dhlomo, MTN South Sudan’s head of corporate services. The operator previously had about 1.2 million subscribers. “We have seen most customers either being displaced, leaving jobs, or leaving the country,” Dhlomo said in Juba. As an economic crisis caused by the war continues, “some just left using MTN because they don’t have income”, he said. Oil-producing South Sudan has seen its currency collapse and inflation surge above 400 percent since conflict erupted in December 2013 and curbed crude output.