Monday, September 03, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) plans to expand its services in remote parts of the country.
The contract for installation of equipment of GMC services was signed with the winner company and the MCIT.
The contract was signed by Eng. Baryalai Hessam technical deputy minister of MCIT, Eng. Gul Ahmad Rasteen director of the Afghan Telecom-Mohammad Nasser in charge of the services of MTN and Eng. Wali Mohammad Sultan an in charge of the Afghan Wireless Company.
Eng. Baryalai Hessam before signing the contract talked at details in respect to responsibilities of the MCTI in relation to expansion and development of the communication sector in areas where they are covered communication services and added that the ministry had placed at bidding 220 internet communication sites throughout the country among the communication companies as a result of which the Afghan Telecom won 196 sites, MTN 16 sites and the AWCC 9 sites respectively.
He added that the tower will be built by the wining company in one and half years in the remote parts of the country and populated regions so far were not covered by the communication services.
He added that with the activation of the tower 15% of the population of the country who are deprived of communications services will be covered. Eng. Hessam anticipated the expenses of the towers at around USD28 million that will be met by the development budget of the MCIT.
It should be mentioned that all the companies providing communication services are obligated to deliver 2.5% of their income to the communication development fund annually.
The MICT say that there are 4760 tower active towers throughout the country through which 85% of the countrymen have been covered by communication services and only 15% of people will be covered with the installation of the new towers.