Three bidders for Afghanistan's first 3G licence

29 Nov 2011

Telecompaper reports that the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has received three bids for the country’s first 3G licence. The interested parties are Sahar 3G, Toseye Eatemad Mobin and Shezai Tel USA. The winner will be announced after a technical assessment is made on each of the bids. As reported in CommsUpdate in July, it is understood that the existing GSM operators – Roshan, MTN, AWCC and Etisalat – will have the opportunity to upgrade their licences to include 3G services by matching the winning bid, meaning a possible five 3G licence holders by the end of 2012.