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Afghan-telecom to expand GSM, 3G to remotest provinces

20 February 2013

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The fiber optic services would also get expanded in the remotest provinces of Afghanistan, said Afghanistan’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology.

The state-run telecom company is planning to widen its GSM and 3G services across the remotest provinces, Afghan minister of communication and information technology said on Tuesday.

The minister, who was speaking at the seventh anniversary of the company, said the programme would take two years to complete countrywide.

The fiber optic services would also get expanded in the remotest provinces, where there is proper security, he said adding the company succeeded to provide wide areas of up to 3,100 km with the fiber optic in the past.

Head of the company, Gul Ahmad Rastman also told reporters that the contract on expansion of 3G and GSM at the cost of $32 million was signed with the ZTE, in order to increase its cover of 100 to 700 installed towers.

He said the telecom company is a state-run and it has been activated at the cost of $250 million with the widest coverage besides other private communication companies.

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