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Etisalat launches 3G services in Afghanistan

The first mobile operator to launch 3G services

Kabul, March 19, 2012: Etisalat Afghanistan, the fastest growing telecommunications company in the country and part of Etisalat Group, today announced the launch of 3G services in Afghanistan.

Etisalat is the first mobile operator to launch 3G services in the country. Chairman Afghanistan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, Mr. Abdul Wakil Shergul and CEO Etisalat Afghanistan, Mr. Ahmed Alhosani signed the agreement during an impressive ceremony held at Ministry of Communications & Information Technology office in Kabul. The ceremony was also attended by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mr. Amir Zai Sangin, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance, high level government officials and members of media fraternity.

Ahmed Alhosani CEO Etisalat Afghanistan while commenting on the launch of 3G services said, “Today is an auspicious moment in the history of telecommunications in Afghanistan – one that calls for a celebration of a public-private partnership for connecting people and improving lives. We are proud to launch 3G services in Afghanistan as this shall certainly spur a new era of advanced development in Afghanistan while positively impacting every aspect of peoples lives.”
Mr. Alhosani further stated, “Etisalat Afghanistan and rest of the Etisalat family are committed to Afghanistan and its people. Etisalat’s progress here is a part of United Arab Emirates promise of long term partnership to work together with Afghans for transformation of the society into a modern and peaceful country. This is our credo and we strongly adhere to it through practice and contributions in human capital development, sports, education as well as providing wide range of top of the line telecom services and technologies.

Today’s 3G launch by Etisalat marks an evolution in mobile communications and significant progress only made possible through a strong public-private partnership. We would like to congratulate H.E Chairman ATRA Mr. Abdul Wakil Shergul and H.E Mr. Amir Zai Sangin, Minister of Communications & IT, Government of Afghanistan for their vision which has led to achieving this important milestone as well for their continuous support provided to Etisalat to partner in the development of Afghanistan.”

Chairman Afghanistan Telecommunication Authority, Mr. Abdul Wakil Shergul, Minister of Communications & IT, Mr. Amir Zai Sangin and Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance while speaking at the ceremony congratulated Etisalat management for becoming the first operator to launch 3G services in Afghanistan.

Yasser Aboul Amayem, Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat Afghanistan commented, “Our focus is our customers and we strive to exceed their expectations and cellular experience by introducing innovative packages designed to meet their specific needs. With ever growing network and competitive pricing; Etisalat 3G services shall be complementing our existing 2G network to provide unmatched quality to our ever increasing customer base.”

Through the launch of 3G services in Afghanistan, now Etisalat customers can enjoy visual communications, high speed voice and data transfer and advanced internet broadband connectivity through services provided by their favorite mobile phone company.

About Etisalat: - Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen Etisalat become one of the world’s fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and Africa. Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has been recognized as ‘Best Operator’ 10 times since 2006 and ‘Best Wholesale Provider’ four times in the last three years. Servicing over 167 million customers in 17 countries Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and markets.
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Chairman Afghanistan Telecommunication Authority, Mr. Abdul Wakil Shergul and CEO Etisalat Afghanistan exchanging 3G License Agreement at MCIT office.