Afghan government announces subsidies for telecoms investors

22 Jul 2005

Afghanistan’s government has introduced special concessions for private investors to extend telecoms facilities in remote areas and small towns across the country. Communications Minister Amirzai Sangin said this week that free operating licences and waived fees for a year would be offered to entrepreneurs as part of a government aim to connect every village, town and district of the country to a telephone network. The minister had previously said that the sector required investors with at least USD1 million capital who could promise to extend network services to at least 50,000 people.