Roshan wades into 3G market

16 Apr 2013

Telecom Development Company Afghanistan, which operates under the ‘Roshan’ brand name, has activated its 3G network in Kabul and confirmed plans to roll out the service nationwide. The cellco is the third of the nation’s cellcos to introduce the technology following UAE-backed Etisalat Afghanistan and MTN Afghanistan, which activated their third-generation networks in March and October 2012 respectively. Karim Khoja, Roshan CEO commented that: ‘It has always been Roshan’s vision to leverage technology and innovation to bridge critical needs gaps and improve the lives of those in the community. 3G Jahaan is the next step in that vision, and a leap forward for the people of Afghanistan.’ Roshan has introduced a number of pre- and post-paid offerings for the new service and has begun selling 3G-compatible data cards and handsets. Pre-paid packages are valid for a day (50MB, AFN50 [USD0.91]), week (350MB, AFN250) or month (3GB, AFN750), with two larger monthly tariffs also on offer. Subscriptions range in price from AFN250 per month to AFN1400, with data allowances of between 300MB and 5GB.