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Iran to help develop Afghan telecommunications sector

Kabul, Sept 13, IRNA-Based on an agreement signed between an Iranian telecommunications company as well as an Indian company and Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications, Iran will assist in the development of the telecommunications sector in the war-torn country.

Announcing this, Afghan Minister of Telecommunications Amirzai Sangin said on Wednesday that the agreement, which is worth dlrs 40 million, will be financed by the ministry's Development Department.

He added that the amount will be divided equally between India's Asstr Company and Iran's Shahid Ghandy Telecommunications Company of Yazd.

Sangin added, "The companies are obliged to make 100,000 telephone lines operational in Kabul and another 50,000 in the cities of Kandahar, Mazar-i Sharif, Konduz and Nangarhar over an 18 months period."

He told reporters, "Currently 165,000 telephone lines are operating in Afghanistan and another 120,000 lines are already ready for commissioning. In the next 18 months, some 150,000 telephone lines will be operational."

The minister noted that with the completion of the plan, the total number of operational telephone lines in Afghanistan will reach 485,000, thus giving the Afghans access to Internet services and TV networks.

Also currently 3 GSM mobile companies operate in the country with 1.2 million subscribers

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