Afghanistan accelerate access to digital services with Eutelsat
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 29-01-2014
Eutelsat Communications and the Afghanistan Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) giving Afghanistan satellite resources to enhance deployment of its national broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure as well as its international connectivity.
Under the multi-year agreement, Eutelsat will deploy an in-orbit satellite from February 2014 to 48° East to deliver full national coverage and extensive reach into Central Asia and the Middle East.
The satellite will be officially called Afghansat 1 by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and will support a wide range of services including broadcasting, mobile telephony backhaul and IP connectivity.
Eutelsat and the MCIT have also agreed to explore opportunities for longer-term cooperation.
Over the last 12 years, the ICT sector in Afghanistan has seen mobile telephony coverage of 88% and penetration grow from zero to 75% through the licensing of six operators.
It also provides jobs to more than 138,000 people and contributed to over $2.1 billion invested in the national economy.