South Sudan gets 211 as country code

ITU assigns country code to newly formed state, mobile country code to be issued soon.

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South Sudan gets 211 as country code
The new country code formally recognises South Sudan as a UN Member State.
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  July 26, 2011

International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has assigned the international dialling code of 211 for the new nation of the Republic of South Sudan. The new country code formally recognises South Sudan as a UN Member State.

Dr Hamadoun Touré, secretary general of ITU, said: "As a young developing country there will be challenges, but the power of modern connectivity will bring a tremendous boost in areas such as commerce, health and education."

ITU officials had been in contact with South Sudanese officials since January 2011 to explain the procedures in the case of independence, which meant the country code could be pre-allocated and assigned as soon as the UN General Assembly gave South Sudan recognition.

In addition to the country code, South Sudan will be assigned a mobile country code (MCC) and a signaling area/network code (SANC) that will indicate how calls should be routed.

Zain Sudan, part of the Zain Group, is already in talks with South Sudan for a licence to operate in the newly independent country. Earlier, Zain Sudan stated that it is to split its operations between North and South once South Sudan acquires an international dialing code. The operator holds a 57% mobile market share in the country.

The other two mobile operators are South African telco MTN and Sudatel's Sudani holding a market share of 19% and 24% respectively.

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