Etisalat-owned Canar affiliate eyes Sudan fixed line expansion


Etisalat has acquired a 45% share of Sudan’s fixed line market (196,000 subscribers) in just two years and is preparing to carry out a feasibility study into further expansion across the whole of this huge country.

The CEO of Canar Telecommunications Ali Bin Jarash Al Ghufli said that Canar's operations in Sudan said that it currently covers 24 Sudanese cities and plans to expand to 33 by the end of the year: "But our final goal is to cover all of Sudan's cities and villages. Plans are underway to expand Canar's network to all parts of Sudan, but this is pending a feasibilty study."

Canar recently celebrated the launching of its linking station with Flag Falcon, the international undersea cable project. He added that the sea cable links India and six Gulf Cooperation Council countries as well as Iran, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan and Iraq.

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