Millicom’s online business team is taking new products and services to millions of new customers and to different markets that fall outside our mobile telecommunications footprint. We are more convinced than ever about the potential for online services in Africa to grow strongly and leapfrog traditional retail.

The secession of South Sudan in July 2011 has had repercussions of impact; high inflation as well as political and economic uncertainty that is likely to continue in the lead up to presidential elections in 2015.

Yet as Africa's third largest country, Sudan has a relatively well-equipped telecommunicationinfrastructure by regional standards, including a national fibre optic backbone and international fibre connections.

The market for mobile internet services is growing rapidly. Traffic for services such as SMS more than tripled in the year to June 2013.