By Neeraj Gangal
Agreement aims to provide telecoms services in rural and far flung areas of Afghanistan
Etisalat Afghanistan, a 100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat Telecommunications, UAE, has signed an agreement with Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) to provide telecommunication services in rural and far flung areas of the country.
According to newswire WAM, ATRA has selected Etisalat Afghanistan, the fastest growing telecommunications network of the country to carry out Rural Telecom Development project in 17 rural Districts in nine provinces by building and operating 23 BTS (base transceiver station) sites.
The company subscriber base reached approximately 4 million and its network covers 29 provinces in Afghanistan.
Telecommunication Development Fund (TDF) was established to pave the grounds for the expansion of telecommunications services to remote villages and communities., WAM said.
Speaking on the occasion, Saeed Hamad Al Hamli, CEO Etisalat Afghanistan said, "We aim to become a service provider of quality and choice for the people of Afghanistan and we are in process of expanding our services to all parts of Afghanistan. This agreement with Afghanistan Telecommunications Authority (ATRA) is in line with our commitment with the people and Government of Afghanistan to provide communications access to the unserved population residing in far flung and highly remote areas.
“I am sure the efforts of Etisalat Afghanistan and effective role played by the ATRA and Ministry of Communications & IT shall result in enabling the lives while bringing prosperity and social development to the people residing in these locations."
Etisalat Afghanistan has won the bidding process of deployment of BTS sites and as a result shall be receiving $ 3. 4m subsidy from Telecommunication Development Fund for provision of affordable voice telephony and other data services, according to WAM.