Roshan bags third 3G license

Telecom Development Company Afghanistan, which operates under the ‘Roshan’ brand name, has been awarded nation’s third 3G license, following on the heels of Etisalat Afghanistan – which commercially launched 3G in March this year, and South African-backed MTN Afghanistan – which received its license in June.

Roshan paid USD25 million for the authorization, matching the amount paid by MTN and Etisalat. Commenting on the award, Roshan CEO Karim Khoja said, “We are delighted to introduce 3G technologies to Roshan’s six million and counting customers, expanding access to data-rich products and converged solutions to meet their needs.”

The cellco is expecting to launch 3G commercially later this year.

TLT Academy delivers 3G Training to Roshan Telecom

TLT Academy has announced the successful completion of its 3G series of professional trainings at Roshan Telecom’s headquarters.

TLT Academy’s 4-day 3G technology boot camp provided personalized training to Roshan Telecom’s Operations, Core Network, Transmission Planning, PMO, and IT departments, among others. Participants received their completion certificates at the end of the training. The participants in the training included representatives from various levels of Roshan Telecom’s corporate hierarchy, including directors, managers, engineers, and specialists.
The participants of the 3G training were trained in various aspects of the 3G technology, including introduction to 3G technology, standards, radio access network, transport network, core network, and planning. They were also given an overview of the regional trends in 3G technology as well as Afghanistan’s market compared to the other markets in the region.

Roshan Telecom is currently the cellular market leader in Afghanistan, with over 5 million active subscribers and a network that covers over 230 cities and towns in all of the country’s 34 provinces. 3G service appears to be the next big opportunity for the cellular operators.  Having witnessed plausible growth, with over 65 percent teledensity and more than 85 percent population coverage, the Afghanistan market has considerable potential to benefit from 3G services.

TLT Academy has been providing technology trainings that are tailored to meet client requirements, ranging from business operations, technology integration, technology and network planning, and a myriad of other high-interest areas. The Academy is designed to target a niche segment within the ICT sector to meet its technology capacity-building needs. The training division of Teralight, TLT Academy aims to be the leading value-adding resource for its clients throughout the MENA region and beyond by providing training and development in cutting edge technologies and strategic management consultancy services to help organizations realize cost efficiencies and effective business planning.

TLT Academy is a Professional Training Division of Teralight Ltd. FZ LLC and is a leader in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa for customized and bespoke Information Communication Telecommunications instructor-led trainings. The substantial and specialized disciplines of its training instructors and consultants encompass the full range of new and emerging wireless technologies, enterprise applications, and security technologies. TLT Academy provides telecoms training courses to Public Network Operators, Telecommunications Service Providers, Internet Service Providers, Media Providers, Equipment Suppliers, Local and Central Government. The Academy is based in Dubai, but train around the world, typically at customer sites.


Source: www.teralight.com


Afghanistan’s GSM base grows to 18.64 mln in June

Afghanistan’s GSM base grew to 18.64 million at the end of June from 18.11 million at end-March. The country also counted 150,874 CDMA users, up from 221,276 three months earlier, according to statistics from the ICT ministry. The number of landlines totaled 86,482, up from 83,904 and penetration of communications services remains at rose to 70 percent from 66 percent. The number of telecommunications base stations totaled 4,670 versus 4,539 in March while total investment stood at USD 1.84 billion.


TDF funds rural rollout

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communication & IT (MCIT) has signed agreements with three of the nation’s cellcos to install and manage 220 new base transceiver stations (BTS) in un-served rural areas.

The USD28 million project will be funded by the Telecommunication Development Fund (TDF), a universal access fund into which each telco must pay 2.5% of net revenues. Afghan Telecom will deploy the lion’s share of the towers with 195, whilst Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) and MTN Afghanistan will roll out nine and 16 respectively.

The new BTS are to be installed over the next 18 months and will cover an estimated 440,000 people.


Afghanistan picks 3 winners for tower rollout

Afghanistan’s ICT ministry has signed base station expansion contracts with Afghan Telecom, Afghan Wireless, and MTN after a tender run by the regulator. The USD 28 million project, which is funded by the ministry’s telecommunication development fund (TDF), will see the roll out of 220 towers in rural areas. Afghan Telecom will erect 195 towers, Afghan Wireless will establish 9 towers, and MTN will install 16 towers within eighteen months.


Etisalat launches ‘3.75G’ in Herat

Etisalat Afghanistan, a UAE backed cellco has announced the launch of ‘3.75G’ service in Herat as it expands its third-generation footprint across the country.

Etisalat was the first of Afghanistan’s quartet of cellcos to receive a 3G concession, launching W-CDMA/HSDPA services in the capital in March this year, before extending the network to Jalalabad in June.

South African-backed MTN Afghanistan was also awarded the second 3G license in June 2012, but it has not yet launched the service.

Etisalat Afghanistan’s chief marketing officer Yasser Aboul Amayem said: “Etisalat customers in Afghanistan can now enjoy visual communications, high speed voice and data transfer and advanced internet broadband connectivity through services provided by their favorite mobile phone company.”


Etisalat launches 3.75G services in Herat

Mobile operator Etisalat Afghanistan has expanded its 3.5G services to Herat. In June, the operator launched the service in Jalalabad.




Afghanistan grows CDMA Users to 221,276 in March

Afghanistan’s GSM base grew to 18.11 million at end-March, from 17.56 million at the end of last year. According to a recent survey the country also counted 221,276 CDMA users, up from 134,092 three months earlier, according to statistics from the ICT ministry. The number of landlines totaled 83,904, up from 80,607 and penetration of communications services remains at 66 percent. The number of telecommunications base stations totaled 4,539 versus 4,428 in December 2011 while total investment stood at USD 1.81 billion.

Afghanistan’s 1st 3G licence issued to Etisalat

The Afghan government on Sunday awarded the first-ever licence for activating the Third Generation (3G) system worth $25 million (1.2 billion afghanis) to Etisalat telecommunication company.
A contract to the effect was signed between representatives of the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT) and the United Arab Emirates telecom giant in Kabul.
An improved system compared to digital and analogue regimes, the 3G technology provides a high-speed Internet facility for mobile phones. The system has the capability of face-to-face video calls on mobile phone sets.
Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Amirzai Sangin said the Afghan government had issued the first-ever 3G licence to the Etisalat.
He hoped the move would lead to improved services in the field of information technology. The 3G system came to Afghanistan six months ago.
Sangin added the Etisalat would start providing the service for its clients next month. The service will be extended to all areas over the next two years.
Four other licences will be also issued to Roshan, Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC), MTN and Afghan Telecom in coming weeks. The government will earn $100 million from the licenses.
Sangin said the 3G system would enable mobile users to get access to high-speed Internet, watch videos and have voice and video chats.
Minister of Finance Omar Zakhilwal, who called the system an important step, said that it was an advanced technology that was yet to be used by Afghanistan’s neighbours.

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