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Afghanistan to Boost Mobile Coverage in Underserved Areas January 30, 2009

Posted by aikservices in Afghanistan, Asia, GSM, Mobile, Telecom, Wireless.
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Afghanistan’s government has announced plans to start spending the income from a Telecom Development Fund (TDF) which will be used to expand mobile and landline services into underserved rural areas.According to the licenses issued to the current GSM operators, they should pay 2.5% from their net revenues to this fund to facilitate the communications services to remote and under services districts of the country, said Eng. Barialai Hassam Deputy Minister Technical in a news conference.The mentioned money should be paid by the operators to this fund quarterly and at the moment, the fund has nearly US$26 million available to it.

Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) is the only Governmental Administration that regulates the telecom services in the country and also manages the procedure of expending the Telecom Development Fund (TDF) to extend the telecom services to rural areas.

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