MCIT paves the way for 4G launch

23 Feb 2017

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has confirmed that it is working towards the introduction of 4G services, Khaama Press writes. The acting head of the ministry, Syed Ahmadshah Sadat, announced that the agency will publish the government’s 4G policy shortly, and requested that interested parties contact sector watchdog the Afghanistan Telecoms Regulatory Authority (ATRA) regarding the potential introduction of 4G services. No further details were made available, though TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the regulator has previously suggested that it would use the APT700 frequency band (703MHz-748MHz/758MHz-803MHz) for 4G services. It was also not clear whether the regulator would offer the new licences via auction, having previously allocated 3G concessions at a flat rate to the nation’s incumbent cellcos.