World Telecommunication day celebrated in Kabul
Thu May 17, 11:30 am
The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology said on Wednesday that telecommunication services continue to expand their reach and influence in Afghanistan. A big benefit of this growth has been the employment of one hundred and ten thousand people in the country.
According to telecommunication ministry officials, 86 percent of the country is currently able to receive telecommunication services. The investment in this sector has now reached to $1.7 billion dollars.
Last year, the government treasury received $ 170 million dollars of revenue through the telecommunication sector, ministry officials added.
On the occasion of Telecom Day, the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Eng. Baryalai Hassam praised the significant growth of the telecommunication sector in Afghanistan, saying that the absence of a telecommunication sector in the past had led the country towards backwardness.
Stressing the role of telecommunication in the country’s development, the AWCC Commercial Chief Officer Andreas Quadt said Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) has had great achievements in modernizing the telecommunications system in Afghanistan.
AWCC has increased its capacity in Kandahar and Helmand provinces and has been providing great services for the people of Afghanistan throughout the country, Andreas added.
AWCC is the first and most extensive telecommunication network in Afghanistan providing work opportunities for many thousands of Afghans, both in direct and in-direct employment.