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Afghan Telecom falls behind in the race against private telecom firms

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Afghan Telecom falls behind in the race against private telecom firms

Afghan telecomAfghanistan’s national telecommunication company has failed in the competition against the major private telecommunication companies, reported Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT).

In addition to Afghan Telecom, private companies like Roshan, Etisalat, MTN and AWCC are currently providing telecommunication services in Afghanistan.

Speaking on the 7th anniversary of Afghan Telecom, MCIT Minister Amirzai Sangeen said more than 20mn Afghans have access to telecommunication services.

“While the four major private companies have more than 19mn customers, Afghan Telecom only has 150,000 customers,” said Minister Sangeen.

According to Minister Sangeen, Afghan Telecom has successfully provided digital telephone and internet services through DSL and optical fiber.

The firm generated USD 70mn in revenue last year’s financial year, and its expenses stood at USD 34mn.

The Minister added Afghan Telecom currently holds USD 64mn in reserves that would be used for further investments and expansion of services.

Afghan Telecom has undertaken plans to launch its services in the remote areas of Afghanistan.

Inability of the Telecom firm to compete against private companies comes as citizens complain about the firm’s relatively costly services.

According to the MCIT, 90 of Afghanistan have access to telecommunication services. About 20mn individuals use telephone and cellular phones, and 20% use internet services.

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