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3G services launch by Etisalat attracts customers in Afghanistan

Kabul, March 26, 2012: The 3G services launch by Etisalat Afghanistan, the fastest growing telecommunications company in Afghanistan and part of Etisalat telecommunications Group of United Arab Emirates, is attracting a lot of attention and interest among the customers here in Afghanistan.

Last week Etisalat became the first company to launch 3G services in Afghanistan marking significant progress and evolution in the telecommunications history of the country.

The Service agreement was signed by the Chairman of Afghanistan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, H.E. Abdul Wakil Shergul and Etisalat`s Afghanistan CEO, Mr. Ahmed Alhosani during a ceremony held at Ministry of Communications & Information Technology office in Kabul. Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Amir Zai Sangin and Minister of Finance Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, Minister also attended the ceremony along with high level government officials and members of media fraternity.

Mr. Yasser Aboul Amayem while explaining various features of 3G launch by Etisalat`s Afghanistan said, “Afghanistan has come a long way in terms of its growth in the telecommunications industry and its role in the development of society. We are proud to the first telecommunications company to introduce 3G services aimed at improving peoples lives by enhanced speed and connectivity.”

He stated further “ 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 high speed voice and data transfer and advanced internet connectivity and services including surfing, uploading and downloading songs, video-clips and share with friends and family in any part of the world instantly.

Etisalat 3G services include exciting features including Video Calling and Video Chatting. Video calling is advanced and special feature of 3G technology which shall enable Etisalat customers to enjoy face to face conversation possible with the help of 3G mobile and its actual time to experience high voice quality and audio-video clarity. Now it is possible to see the person from whom you are talk and express your feeing with your lovable persons. In 3G technology you get improved voice quality; you can make voice call to voice mail. 3G mobile provides the number of mode to connect with your friends, relatives and colleagues by using your mobile.

Afghanistan has more than 18.3 million active subscribers and approximately 86% of country’s population is covered by telecom companies. The sector is the second largest revenue generating sector of the country’s economy.

Etisalat Group has won three of the telecommunication sector’s most coveted International Awards at the recently held Mobile World Congress, the global event held annually in Barcelona, Spain.

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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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Mr. Yasser Aboul Amayem, Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat Afghanistan addressing the audiences at 3G Launch Press Conference at Etisalat Main Office. Mr. Ahmed Alhosani, CEO Etisalat Afghanistan addressing the media at 3G Launch Press Conference at Etisalat Main Office.