February 7, 2012
GOLIST mention “Still No Allocation”
Referring to your question please be informed that the allocation of new call sign series is made at the request of the telecommunication administration or any other authorized entity of the country concerned. No request from South Sudan has been received by the ITU.
On behalf of Head of the Fixed and Mobile Services Division
January 6, 2012
DX World.net and readership are curious to know if a South Sudan prefix block will ever be allocated? ARRL issued a news release on July 11 last year which stated:
According to DXCC rules, one of two things must happen first: The Republic of South Sudan must either be added as a member to the United Nations or receive a prefix block from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Of note, below was written here on July 22, 2011.
Jose CT1BOH informed DX World that he contacted ITU directly wondering when the prefix block for South Sudan would be made public knowledge. For the benefit of all readers, here is the reply Jose received from the Head of Fixed and Mobile Services Division, ITU:
Referring to your question please be informed that the allocation of new call sign series is made after the request of the telecommunication administration or any other authorized entity of the country concerned. No request from South Sudan has been received by the ITU so far.
Furthermore, at the end of the above ARRL news release we can see:
As of July 11, the ITU had not received a formal request from South Sudan for a new prefix block from ITU. According to [Bernie] McClenny, it could be several days after South Sudan becomes a member of the UN before they receive a prefix from the Table of International Call Sign Series.
From a point of interest, when will South Sudan receive a prefix block? ST0 isn’t actually listed as the official prefix. Nor is a country dialling code a valid prefix. Indeed, ITU, in a press release dated October 5, 2011 acknowledged the birth of South Sudan as a new country, however no obvious mention of a prefix is mentioned thereafter.