News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

Network installation raises hopes for improved security, communication

By Hou Akot Hou


A remote village in Aweil East County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State is excited for the installation of Zain Network in the area, hoping for improved security and communication.

Residents of Akong village in Malualbaai payam, Aweil East County are thrilled to see materials arriving for the installation of the Zain telecom tower in their area.

Local Chief Garang Madut expressed the community’s long wait for better connectivity, especially considering their proximity to Warrap’s Twic County, an area prone to conflict.

“We’ve been waiting ages for this,” said Madut. “The equipment are here, and excavation has begun.”

Madut believes the network will significantly improve communication regarding health, security, and family matters.

“This is a major development for us,” he emphasized.

Deng Dau Akot, an area youth leader, sees the network as a vital tool for contacting county and state authorities.

“We can reach out if anything urgent happens,” Akot explained. “Like cattle thefts – if someone steals cows, we can notify the authorities right away.”

Akot referenced a similar network installation in Peth-Lou, where the tower is built but not yet operational. “This shows they’re finally delivering the services we’ve been waiting for,” he said.

Many South Sudanese residents echo Akot’s sentiment, urging for wider telecommunication network coverage in remote areas. They believe improved communication is crucial for combating the insecurity that plagues South Sudan.


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