ATRA begins consultation on 4G spectrum and allocation process

12 Oct 2018

The Afghanistan Telecoms Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has launched a public consultation process regarding the efficiency of spectrum usage, in particular the frequencies to be assigned for 4G services, in order to determine the allocation process for spectrum for mobile service providers. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, for the licensing of 3G spectrum rather than auction the permissions, Afghanistan’s regulatory authorities set a price of USD25 million for an authorisation comprising 2×10MHz in the 2100MHz band and allowed the nation’s mobile operators to each purchase a licence with no time limit on the availability. As such, the first licence was issued in March 2012 – to Etisalat Afghanistan – whilst the last operator to purchase its concession, Afghanistan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC), did so in December 2014.