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25 Mar, 2012

Etisalat Introduces First 3G Services in Afghanistan


Khaleej Times – 21 March, 2012 – Etisalat, the largest telecommunication company in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and through its arm “Etisalat Afghanistan” has launched the first 3G services in history of Afghanistan.

This achievement comes only after four years of the launch of “Etisalat Afghanistan”. The company offers mobile services and ranked number one in building the best networks in Afghanistan. It acquires a customer’s base of more than 3.5 million active subscribers in less than three years since launch.

“Today is an auspicious moment in the history of telecommunications in Afghanistan — one that calls for a celebration of a public-private partnership for connecting people and improving lives for many generations to come. We are proud to be the first to launch 3G services in Afghanistan as this shall certainly spur a new era of advanced development in Afghanistan while positively impacting every aspect of people’s lives,” Ahmed Alhosani, Etisalat’s Afghanistan chief executive, said.

“The launch of the 3G by Etisalat marks an evolution in mobile communications and significant progress only made possible through a strong public-private partnership”.

Alhosani added “Etisalat has always pioneered impressive series of telecommunications and industry first services and products in challenging environment. We measure our successes by the long-term success of the customers and communities we serve and the long- term reliability of networks on which they depend”.

“Through the launch of 3G services in Afghanistan, we bring a rich understanding of technology, business and culture of communities in these environments. We don’t profit on community expense. We partner with communities so they can build their own future.”

“We consider ourselves a change agent in the future of economic development in the most dynamic regions. And we re-write the economic equations that govern the success of businesses and communities,” he said.

The service agreement was signed by the Chairman of Afghanistan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, Abdul Wakil Shergul and Etisalat’s Afghanistan CEO, Ahmed Alhosani during a ceremony held at Ministry of Communications & Information Technology office in Kabul. The ceremony was attended by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amir Zai Sangin, Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance, high level government officials and members of media fraternity.