Includes information on internet accessibility, the cellular phone technology in use, which U.S. cell phone services work in this country, the prevalence of Wi-Fi in hotels, what types of voltage and plugs are used, and other technological information of interest to U.S. businesses.
Last Published: 4/17/2016
There are more than 120,000 fix-line telephones, provided by state-owned Afghan Telecom (AfTel).  The vast majority of Afghanistan's 18 million telephone users subscribe to mobile service.  Cellular service is available in Kabul and all 34 provinces, and subsidized rural access programs have improved coverage in remote areas. Eighty five percent of the population lives within a coverage area.  There are currently four nationwide GSM wireless service providers: Roshan, owned by an international consortium led by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development; Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC), a joint venture between U.S.-based Telephone Systems International and the Afghan Ministry of Communications; MTN (also known as Areeba), a subsidiary of South Africa-based MTN Group and a subsidiary of UAE-based Etisalat, and AfTel, which serves approximately 10,000 CDMA wireless customers. Roshan, MTN, and Etisalat also provide 3G services.  The country has multiple internet service providers, assisted by a new fiber-optic cable that connects to Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan and link Afghanistan's major population centers.

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