Second mobile networks launched in Afghanistan

Second mobile networks launched in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has now two mobile networks, after a new system launched on Sunday in Kabul. The new network was launched by TDCA, a company owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, French telecoms kitmaker Alcatel, Monaco Telecom and the US-based MCT Corp.

The company has had a licence since late 2003, but has only now completed preparations and the building of its Kabul network, which uses the GSM standard used by 70% of world mobile subscribers, the BBC reported.

The sole current network, Afghan Wireless Communication Co., has a reputation for unreliability, as the Afghan Minister of Communications told BBC News Online in December.

The new network has promised to widen its service to include the other main cities – Herat, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad and Kunduz – by January, at a cost of about $55 million.

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