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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