Afghan Telecom (Aftel) is launching GSM and 3G services in Kabul and ten provinces in the country, to add to its existing CDMA wireless services.
Aftel has invested $65 million in the deployment so far, and will spend a further $100 million on nationwide expansion. The operator plans to offer 3G services countrywide in future.
The state-backed telco has inaugurated the services in Kabul, and plans to expand the service to a further ten provinces, followed by a countrywide roll out.
Aftel’s is marketing the 3G services under the ‘Salam’ brand.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai attended the official launch.