ATRA challenges Etisalat’s ‘misleading’ 4G announcement

22 Feb 2013

Sector watchdogs the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) have challenged Etisalat’s recent claims regarding an upcoming 4G service. In a press conference, ATRA and the MCIT denied granting the UAE-based cellco a 4G licence, trial permissions, or rights to use spectrum resources for 4G services. The regulators have taken a dim view of Eitsalat’s announcement, describing it as ‘misleading, deceptive and anti-competitive behaviour’, and instructing the operator to amend its report and to ‘avoid any similar conduct that could have an adverse effect on consumer’s behaviour, competition norms and regulatory principles in the future.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Etisalat Afghanistan announced earlier this week that it had successfully tested a trial 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network that would support theoretical maximum download speeds of up to 100Mbps.