Sudatel CEO Tarig Hamza Zainelabdin

The Sudatel Telecom Group has announced that it has joined 112 other mobile operators spanning 77 countries who are committed to the GSMA’s Humanitarian Connectivity Charter.

Launched in 2015, the Charter brings the telecoms industry together to share best practice and experience of providing connectivity during wars, famine and natural disasters.  The charter aims to improve access to information and improve co-ordination and aid within affected populations and among Governments, NGOs and the international humanitarian community. The ultimate goal is to reduce loss of life and help people recover faster.

The Charter is also endorsed by members of the international humanitarian community including the UN and Red Cross.

In his opening speech during the GSMA M360 Africa, Mr Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, welcomed Sudatel to the group of operators who are already part of the GSMA’s Humanitarian Connectivity Charter.

Tarig Hamza Zainelabdin, CEO of The Sudatel Telecom Group, said “We have always been committed to improving people’s lives through the provision of quality and reliable telecom services. We are operational across Northern and Western Africa where unfortunately crises are frequent.  We will continue to aim to keep our networks up and running in the most adverse of conditions as we know that connectivity is a lifeline for those affected.”

Given Sudan’s geographic location, Sudatel will continue to play a major strategic role in connecting Africa and the Middle East to the rest of the world. The company will be investing heavily in its domestic and pan-African operations during 2017 as demand for high-quality telecom services across the region continues to grow.

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