Tunisia’s National Chamber of SSII, Infotica, expressed concern after the new government’s request that Tunisie Telecom not be listed on IPO’s, and the operator’s dismissal of highly skilled staff. Infotica is concerned about the direct impact of this situation on the continuity and quality of network services offered to Tunisie Telecom’s clients.
The chamber said that thousands of jobs in Tunisian and international companies using networks of the operator are thus at risk in case of a deterioration in the stability of the network of Tunisie Telecom.
“We are watching closely the IT developments in the country and are doing our best to ensure that the sector is able to continue despite the ongoing unrest in the country,” said Ahmed Ezzidiene, a Tunisian ministry of communications official. He added that “turmoil continues, but the country is getting on the right path so we just need to push it there.”
This situation is also likely to divert present or potential foreign investors from Tunisia. Infotica calls on all parties concerned to find appropriate solutions as quickly as possible and to assume their responsibilities vis-à-vis citizens, businesses and employment.
By Jonathan Terry