NEW INTERNATION DIALING CODE / INTERNET DOMAIN FOR SOUTH SUDAN
It was learned overnight that the International Telecommunications Union has allocated the country code 211 to the new Republic of South Sudan, which will become effective on the 15th of December this year. Until then the currently used 249 code will remain in place, which after the 15th of December will be exclusively used by the Republic of the Sudan.
Mobile operators will also inform their clients, locally, in the region and around the world of this important change, which will further pave the way into the post independence period of the new country.
At that time the link of Gemtel, South Sudan’s first mobile communications company established soon after the CPA was signed in January 2005, will also cease to use their current 0477 prefix, which links it to a gateway in Northern Uganda – ostensibly chosen at the time to prevent the Khartoum regime’s security operatives to listen into phone traffic to the South – and commence the use of 097.
Meanwhile it was also confirmed that the South Sudan’s web domain was selected a ‘Dot.ss’ which will now progressively replace the ‘Dot.sd’ which has been jointly used with the regime controlled areas in the North of the formerly united country. Selected website of the Government of South Sudan have already migrated to the new domain and more, as well as business sites, are expected to follow soon.
It was also learned that membership applications for joining global bodies like ICAO are also being processed to make the aviation sector also fully independent and de-link it from its former oppressors, where in particular the civil aviation body made life for airlines difficult wanting to fly to Juba. When the Republic of South Sudan has finally joined ICAO, and in fact other global bodies too, all matters pertaining to aviation, like bilateral air service agreements, need to be re-filed and re-formulated to honour the principle of ‘reciprocity’ between signatory countries.
The bright side of independence, no longer needing any permission from the erstwhile slave masters and being able to determine their own future.