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.