Telephone numbers in South Sudan

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Telephone numbers in South Sudan
CountrySouth Sudan
Access codes
Country code+211
International access00

South Sudan uses a two digit mobile code along with a seven digit phone number. For international calls, South Sudan has been assigned the +211 code by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Before its secession, the area later to be known as South Sudan used Sudan's ITU. However, even after its secession, South Sudan used the Sudan country code +249 until 1 October. The government of the nation said the code number +211 would become active within 48 hours of recognition of the country by the United Nations (UN). The UN recognized South Sudan on 14 July 2011, and in so the United Nations suggested the code to become active by 16 July.[1] The code went "live" on 1 October 2011, over two months behind schedule.[2]

Service Provider codes[edit]

Each telephone service provider has a two-digit identifier. The first digit is 1 for fixed services, including wireline and fixed wireless, or 9 for GSM mobile services.[3]

Fixed Services Provider Identifier Status
Sudani (fixed CDMA wireless) 12 active
Sudani (fixed landlines) 18 active
Vivacel (NOW) 16 not yet operational
Gemtel (Green Network) 17 not yet operational
Government Reserve 19 not yet operational
Mobile Service Provider Identifier Status
ZAIN (South Sudan) 91 active
MTN (South Sudan) 92 active
Vivacel (NOW) 95 inactive
Gemtel (Green Network) 97 inactive
Digitel 98 active

National calls[edit]

Calls taking place inside of South Sudan have a simple format of mm nnn nnnn (where mm represents the mobile code and nnn nnnn represents the local number). An ITU is not required for national calls. For example, a person in South Sudan contacting another person in the same country with a mobile code of 55 and a local number of 555-5555 would have a telephone number of 55 555 5555.[4]

International calls[edit]


Calls from outside South Sudan require a different dialing format to be used. International call prefixes, area codes, and phone numbers may vary. An inbound call has the format of +211 mm nnn nnnn (where mm represents the mobile code, and nnn nnnn represents the local number). The + represents the international call prefix used by the country where the call originates: for example, the United States and Canada use 011, and most other countries use 00. So for example, if someone from tried to call to the number 55-555-5555 in South Sudan from the United States, then one would use 011 211 55 555 5555.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New country, new number: Country code 211 officially assigned to South Sudan" (Press release). International Telecommunication Union. 14 July 2011. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  2. ^ "South Sudan Code +211 Goes Live". Gurtong. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  3. ^ International Telecommunication Union (2012-04-28). "National Numbering Plans : South Sudan". Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  4. ^ "How to Call South Sudan from South Sudan". How to call abroad. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  5. ^ "South Sudan Mobile Code". Country Calling Codes. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  6. ^ "How to call South Sudan". How to call abroad. Retrieved 20 October 2016.