The Third Generation (3G) license worth USD 25 million (1.2 billion afs) was awarded to MTN telecommunication company by the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT) on Wednesday.
3G Internet refers to a type of Internet access provided by mobile phone companies that subscribers can use to access faster speeds than previous versions, such as 2.5G and 2G Internet. It is typically used from mobile devices such as cell phones though any 3G capable device that can access the network. 3G stands for third generation and is the third generation of wireless network technology. It is a set of standards, or rules, that allow mobile devices to connect wirelessly to the Internet for surfing the web and making phone calls. The technical name for the 3G network is the International Mobile Telecommunications-2000, or MT-2000 for short.
Currently, 8% of Afghan population have access to internet. MTIT minister Eng. Amirzai Sangin said that the ministry plans to scale up to 50% in the next two years.
“Internet services are vital, as it would help in strengthening electronic governance and facilitate in the education environment for the new generation,” said Sangin.
Etisalat introduced 3G internet service for the first time in Afghanistan on March 18, 2012.
Awarding the 3G license to MTN would allow for more competition in the telecommunication sector.
Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said selecting MTN was a major step in improving the telecommunication sector.
MTN’s 3G internet service would be implemented in the next 20 days.