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UAE's Etisalat claims 24% of Afghan mobile market

Etisalat, which entered Afghanistan in 2007, invests $300m; has 10,000 Afghan staff.

UAE's Etisalat claims 24% of Afghan mobile market
AFGHAN TRAIL: Currently, Etisalats network has reached some 90 percent of Afghanistan.(Getty Images)

Emirates Telecommunications Company said on Wednesday it commands a 24 percent share of the mobile telephone market and revenues grew three-fold in 2009 in Afghanistan, one the most difficult markets.Etisalat, which entered Afghanistan in 2007, has invested $300 million and employs some 10,000 Afghans, Saeed Al Hamili, chief executive of Etisalat Afghanistan said.

"We managed to attract nearly three million customers and control 24 percent market share in 27 provinces in Afghanistan. In 2009 our revenues have grown three times compared to 2008," he said in a statement.

"We will continue to reach more areas of Afghanistan and introduce more voice and data services," he said.

Currently, Etisalat's network has reached some 90 percent of Afghanistan, despite the security issues and geographical conditions" said Kheyal Mohammed, head of the telecommunications and information technology committee in the Afghan parliament. (Reuters)

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rafiq 10 years ago

ya etisalat is really improving and it is really a good company but i want them to increase there coverage in provinces.