Afghan Telecom Signs Deal to Expand Network Coverage

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Afghanistan based Afghan Telecom has signed a USD32 million contract with an unnamed Chinese supplier to expand its network to underserved areas the Minister of Telecommunication Amirzai Sangin told a news conference in Kabul.

The Minister told the PAN news agency that most of the mobile networks were still not providing coverage in insecure areas, but that Afghan Telecom would expand its coverage into those parts of the country.

The new contract will cover the supply of 700 base stations for both GSM and 3G services.

Afghan Telecom offers fixed line, wireless voice and data services under a 25 years licence. The company was previously owned by the government and operated until 2005 when the Ministry of Communications spun it off into a private entity.

On the web: PAN news agency

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