MTN still needs to finalise the issue of whether a new licence fee is payable, says Dabengwa. The company is in talks with the authority over this issue and believes it can be resolved. However, Dabengwa says the licence issue must be resolved as soon as possible as MTN is continuing to invest in its network. The company does not want to have spent the money only to discover that the licence fee is “way out” of what the business plan can afford.
MTN will also need to build a new home location register, the engine of the network, says Dabengwa. However, as the company has recently implemented a shared services strategy, South Sudan can be supported from Uganda, which will aid its procurement needs, he explains.