Afghan Telecom (AT) has announced that wireless network operator Roshan has agreed to use capacity on its national fibre-optic backbone network (known as the OFC). The OFC will complement Roshan’s existing infrastructure, enabling the cellco to ensure the redundancy of its network and provide additional capacity for its growing number of subscribers. AT and Roshan plan to expand their partnership over coming months, as the OFC is extended across Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and AT commenced the construction of the OFC in April 2007. The OFC is a fibre optic backbone linking the main road system and covers the main ring from Kabul – Kandahar – Herat – Mazar – Kabul. Other major cities like Kunduz, Ghazni, Pul-e-Khumri and Charikar are also connected. Once complete, it will bring high speed and high capacity telephony, internet and video services to 68 cities in 17 provinces of the country. ‘This is an important milestone for the development of Afghanistan and the telecoms industry. We are extremely pleased that Roshan is the first GSM operator to be entering into a commercial partnership with Afghan Telecom for fibre capacity,’ said Amirzai Sangin, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.