ATRA issues three fibre-optic network licences

20 Mar 2018

The Afghanistan Telecoms Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has signed ‘national fibre-optic network licence, investment and expansion’ agreements with three private companies, the watchdog has announced. Under the agreements, Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC), Etisalat Afghanistan and Asia Consultancy Group (ACG) were issued with national fibre-optic network licences, with the trio expected to invest USD383 million in fibre infrastructure projects. Khaama Press notes that MTN Afghanistan was not approved for the project due to a failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the contract, whilst an application from Amania and Connectivity International was also rejected. Roshan’s participation, meanwhile, was greenlit on the condition that it clears its outstanding taxes.