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Afghanistan to issue national fiber optic licenses

Ajmal Ahmady, senior economic adviser to President of Afghanistan, met with senior officials from Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) on Tuesday in Char Chenar Palace to discuss national fiber optic licensing procedures and signal interference for Salam and MTN. The

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Ghani suspends telecom minister over tax probe

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani suspended Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razaq Wahidi on Sunday following an audit into the collection of a 10% tax on mobile phone topups. A spokesperson for the ministry, Yasin Samim, said the president’s

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ICT sector could reduce Afghanistan’s reliance on foreign aid: SIGAR

According to a latest report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Afghanistan’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector could potentially provide over USD 1bn annually to the Afghan government’s budget and reduce its reliance on foreign aid.

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Afghanistan’s telecom industry looking shaky

The telecommunication industry is one of the rare success stories of Afghanistan since the oust of the Taliban in 2001. With over USD 2bn investment over the past decade, the Afghan telecom industry employs around 200,000 and generates an annual

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2-day mobile phone exhibition held in Kabul

Afghanistan’s first-ever mobile phone exhibition was inaugurated at the Daudzai business center in Kabul city on Saturday. Organized by Modern Method Company, the event is held to expand mobile phone market inside Afghanistan. Zia-ul-Haq Zia, Manager at the Modern Method

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Roshan to sponsor Afghanistan’s top football league for another 3 years

Roshan will remain the title sponsor of the Roshan Afghan Premier League for the next three years. This announcement was made by the telecommunication company Roshan, the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), and Afghan Media conglomerate Moby on Thursday. “As the

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16 new Salam antennas to be installed in Maidan Wardak

Run by the Afghan Ministry of Information and Telecommunications, Salam Telecom Company has planned to install 16 new antennas in central Maidan Wardak province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the antennas will cost 70mn AFN and will help expand

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Expansion of telecom coverage to reduce internet cost in Afghanistan

With the recent expansion in Afghanistan’s telecom coverage, Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology hopes that the internet cost would decrease. Addressing the inauguration ceremony of Salaam 3G internet service and the Noori fiber optic project in Lashkargah, Helmand Minister

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Afghanistan to launch 4G internet soon

The Afghan Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) announced that 4G (fourth generation) services would soon be launched in the country. 3G internet services are currently available in 16 provinces provided by Etisalat, MTN, Roshan and Salaam Telecom companies.

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Afghanistan’s first satellite starts formal operation

(By Ahmadshah Ghanizada) Afghanistan’s first satellite which was deployed into the orbit earlier this year has formally started its operations. The announcement of the formal operation of Afghansat 1 was made during a conference attended by Afghanistan’s First Vice President

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2013 a year of achievements for Afghanistan’s telecom sector

Afghanistan’s telecommunication sector witnessed significant achievements in 2013 with more than 90% of the population finding access to telecommunication services. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), as many as 240 news antennas were installed and activated in 173 districts that

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2013 a year of achievements for Afghanistan's telecom sector

Afghanistan’s telecommunication sector witnessed significant achievements in 2013 with more than 90% of the population finding access to telecommunication services. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), as many as 240 news antennas were installed and activated in 173 districts that

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Cell phone calls can be monitored by spy agencies

Addressing the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of the parliament, Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) Minister admitted that cell phone calls made in Afghanistan were not safe from being spied on. This comes as recent reports have shown that as

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Afghanistan participates in Azerbaijan IT exhibition for the first time

Afghan industrialists participated in the 19th Azerbaijan International Telecommunication and IT Exhibition and Conference for the first time in this history of Afghanistan industry. Featuring 300 companies from 28 countries, the event is held in the central capital Baku. The

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Afghan Telecom to offer 3G services

Afghan Telecom, which operates under the stewardship of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, plans to launch the third generation, 3G, information technology system. A contract worth USD 32mn has been signed between Afghan Telecom and a Chinese firm on

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Optic fiber network to be launched in Daikundi province

Afghan Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Amirzai Sangin inaugurated the optic fiber network project in central Daikundi province. Fiber optic network was first launched in Kabul in 2007 by the China’s Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation (ZTE) with financial collaboration from

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Afghanistan to introduce Global Positioning System (GPS)

A Memorandum of Understanding on the launch of the Global Positioning System (GPS) between Communications and Information Technology Minister Amirzai Sangin and Kabul Mayor Mohammad Younus Nawandesh was signed on Sunday. The project, worth USD 25mn, will be initially launched

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Roshan wins "Global Leadership Award"

Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Karim Khoja has received, on behalf of Roshan, the prestigious “Global Leadership Award” at the fifth annual TMT Finance Middle East & North Africa Awards, held in Dubai on April 23. The award recognizes

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Roshan wins “Global Leadership Award”

Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Karim Khoja has received, on behalf of Roshan, the prestigious “Global Leadership Award” at the fifth annual TMT Finance Middle East & North Africa Awards, held in Dubai on April 23. The award recognizes

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3 international firms willing to launch Afghan satellite

Three international companies have expressed interest to launch a satellite into Afghanistan’s space, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) reported. The plan for the launch of Afghanistan’s first space satellite was approved by the Council of Ministers last

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Mobile Money Transfer services expanding in Afghanistan

Central bank officials said that two telecommunication companies have so far received licenses for running the service, while two more companies are in the process of obtaining licenses.  “Paying money via mobile phone offers great convenience. We are making efforts

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Cell Phone Tower in Khas District

URUZGAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Khas district held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the first cell phone tower in the district in Uruzgan province, Dec. 23. The cell phone tower provides the local populace with the ability

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High speed internet through satellite launched in Herat

The Etisalat Telecommunication Company has jointly initiated a satellite internet service with the Parand internet firm, who signed the agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Yahsat Company, in the western Herat province. According to Parand Head Ghafoor Jalali, people

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The aftermath of 2014 has no effect on the Communications Sector

Communication and Information Technology Minister Amirzai Sangin assured the people that the Ministry would continue its activities without any distress regarding the withdrawal of foreign troops after 2014. “The customer demand for our services rises on a daily basis with

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First fiber optic network in Afghanistan

Fiber optic network would be launched in seven central and northeastern provinces of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information announced on Sunday. The project, launched by the China’s Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation (ZTE) in 2007, was delayed due to

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