Internet Draws Central Asia, Afghanistan Closer

Internet Draws Central Asia, Afghanistan Closer

With its rising Internet maturity, Afghanistan is considering broadening its ISP options beyond Pakistan to post-Soviet Central Asia in a search for both better prices and greater reliability, though fiber-optic cables have become popular Taliban targets in recent years.

Afghanistan’s telecom sector began reviving in April 2002, when Afghanistan’s first private telecom company, Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC), received government permission to provide mobile cellular (GSM) services. Since then, Afghanistan’s telecom/Internet sector has witnessed unprecedented growth.

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Afghanistan adds 1.1 mln mobile subscribers in H1

Afghanistan adds 1.1 mln mobile subscribers in H1

According to Telecompaper, the number of GSM mobile subscribers in Afghanistan rose to 24.526 million at the end of June from 23.424 million at the start of 2015.

Roshan revamps Yaraan lifestyle platform for youth

Roshan revamps Yaraan lifestyle platform for youth

Afghani communications provider Roshan has revamped the ‘Yaraan by Roshan’ lifestyle platform developed exclusively for the youth of Afghanistan. Yaraan will introduce products and services that connect young Afghans with values such as education, career development, music, arts, sports and entertainment. Roshan introduced the original Yaraan platform in 2008.

Yaraan offers a wide range of call and SMS plans, including customized data and social media packages. Young customers can choose among hourly, daily, weekly or monthly data plans to surf the internet and utilize social media at reduced rates. Yaraan has also launched a mobile application that will offer info on customer benefits and on upcoming initiatives.

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UltiSat

UltiSat Receives Wireless Network Services Contract

Global end-to-end managed network services provider, UltiSat has been awarded a contract renewal to continue providing wireless network services into Kandahar and Bagram (Afghanistan). UltiSat is tasked to provide upgraded wireless services with a total of over 100 Mbps utilizing Comtech EF Data modems. The upgraded includes an increase in bandwidth as well as wireless hotspots. This provides an “internet cafe” like experience and provides customers a wireless hotspot experience that is both flexible and manageable. 

MyMoney

Afghan Wireless to Distribute Govt Salaries via MyMoney

Afghan mobile operator Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) announced a joint strategic partnership with New Kabul Bank and Maiwand Bank to work with the Government of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance has agreed with the banks to harness the operator’s MyMoney mobile payment system to distribute salary payments to Government employees across Afghanistan, including the nation’s most remote areas. AWCC’s MyMoney biometric system guarantees that only the intended recipient receives the salary payment.

The MyMoney platform provides government employees with the ease, convenience, and security of receiving their salary in a timely and transparent manner. The digital payments project is a result of a partnership between AWCC, the Ministry of Finance, New Kabul Bank, Maiwand Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which provided start-up funding for the project. The mobile payments initiative is part of a broader effort by AWCC, its partner banks and the Government of Afghanistan to empower citizens with alternatives to cash, which reduce corruption, improve governance and increase financial and economic security.

Afghan Wireless

Afghan Wireless Launches 3.75G+ Services in Kabul

Afghanistan based Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) says that it has now launched 3.75G services in Kabul.

Having completely rebuilt its radio and core network in Kabul, AWCC’s service launch makes it the only operator in Afghanistan providing the latest Dual Carrier-HSPA+(High Speed Packet Access plus) technology at each of its 3G sites in Kabul City. This solution enabled for the first time in Afghanistan, permitting download data rates of up to 42Mbps.

Afghan Wireless also implemented Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) as part of its 3G deployment.

According to AWCC Managing Director Amin Ramin: 

“We have enjoyed the privilege and responsibility of being the industry leader in Afghanistan’s telephony sector for more than a decade, and we are proud to become the first true mobile broadband provider in the country by the globally-accepted definition of the word ‘BROADBAND’.”

Mr. Amin added:

“As part of our transition to 3G, we also upgraded our internet capacity into the country, and built a superior and fully redundant backhaul transmission network in and around Kabul to support the smooth and reliable flow of large volumes of data which is one of the primary requirements of mobile broadband.”

AWCC plans to launch this same quality of mobile broadband service in Kandahar in Q1 2015, and is scheduled to roll it out to all other major cities in Afghanistan throughout 2015.

AWCC

AWCC Finally Joins 3G Fray, Leapfrogs Rivals with DC-HSPA+ Upgrade

Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) has launched a 3.5G Dual Carrier HSPA+ network in Kabul, claiming to be the first operator in the country to utilise the technology. AWCC said in a press release that it had ‘completely rebuilt’ its core network in Kabul, installing DC-HSPA+ technology at each of its 3G sites in the city, enabling theoretical maximum downlink speeds of up to 42Mbps. AWCC also implemented IPv6 as part of its 3G rollout, making it the first company in Afghanistan with an all IPv6 system, it claims. The cellco is planning to deploy the solution in Kandahar in Q1 2015, with other cities to follow in that year.

AWCC’s managing director Amin Ramin commented on the launch:

“We are delighted to provide these upgraded services to our subscribers in Kabul and, whether it is through improved internet surfing, online gaming or great video viewing experiences in either SD [standard definition] or HD [high definition] format, we are sure subscribers will quickly come to understand the true meaning and high speed of 3.75G+ technology and mobile broadband. As part of our transition to 3G, we also upgraded our internet capacity into the country, and built a superior and fully redundant backhaul transmission network in and around Kabul to support the smooth and reliable flow of large volumes of data which is one of the primary requirements of mobile broadband. This will enable us to reliably deliver large volumes of high quality data at true broadband speeds, 24×7, 365 days a year.”

AWCC is the last of the nation’s wireless providers to launch 3G services, following behind early movers Etisalat Afghanistan (March 2012), MTN Afghanistan (October 2012) and Roshan (April 2013), whilst Salaam, the mobile division of fixed line incumbent Afghan Telecom (Aftel) began offering 3G in February 2014.

Afghan Wireless

Afghan Wireless Launches 3.75G+ Services in Kabul

Mobile operator Afghan Wireless (AWCC) has launched 3.75G+ services in Kabul. The operator fully migrated all its 3G base stations in the city to HSPA+ technology. The operators plans to launch mobile broadband through this technology in Kandahar in Q1 2015, and is scheduled to roll it out to all other major cities in Afghanistan during 2015. The telco has nearly 4 million subscribers across the country.

MTS Turkmenistan Sells Platinum Numbers

Mobile operator MTS Turkmenistan plans to start selling Platinum Premium telephone numbers from 21 November. The rate for the connection plus the change of the Platinum telephone number will total TMT 2,800.

Kazakhtelecom Launches New Services on SDP Platform

Kazakhstan national operator Kazakhtelecom has introduced new services based on the Service Delivery Platform (SDP). The operator has launched ‘Virtual Number’ service, the ‘ClickToCall’ option enabling to call from the online site, as well as the ‘Virtual Call Centre’ service. The ‘Virtual Number’ service enables users to accept calls over fixed and mobile telephones, using a local telephony number. Retail and corporate subscribers can connect all telephones under a single number.

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