MTN Afghanistan plans network audit

MTN Afghanistan hires Aircom International to conduct network audit
Afghanistan holds significant potential for mobile operators owing to low mobile penetration rates. (SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan holds significant potential for mobile operators owing to low mobile penetration rates. (SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mobile operator MTN Afghanistan is planning a major assessment of its network in a bid to improve its performance.

The telco has hired Aircom International, a UK-based network management specialist, to conduct the audit, which will include an assessment of its radio access network, transmission network, circuit switching core, billing system and packet switching core.

MTN aims to discover which areas of its network are most and least efficient, identify bottlenecks and find areas where routing can be improved. The telco also intends to find out where additional capacity might be required in the coming months.

The project is expected to help MTN reduce dropped call rates, improve areas of low signal strength, and ensure that roaming revenues are captured.

Raed Kannan, CTO, MTN Afghanistan, said that the telco needs to have “full visibility” of its network performance in order to provide the “optimal quality” services for its customers.

MTN entered the Afghan market in 2006 as the country’s second GSM operator. The company competes with three other mobile operators; Roshan, Afghan Wireless and Etisalat Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s mobile market experienced growth of more than 30% in 2010, while its mobile penetration rate was approaching 50% by mid-2010, according to Australian research firm, Budde.com.

According to data from Research and Markets, Afghanistan is expected to have some 27 million mobile subscriber connections by 2015.
 

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