Afghanistan Telecommunications Developments

It’s amazing how fast a developing country these days is able to advance.  In Afghanistan, this is just the kind of news that Hamed Wardak – an activist working toward improvement of quality of life for the people in the country – likes to hear.  It seems that in the last decade the government of the country has transformed the country into a place with a strong telecommunications network in place, which is especially impressive given that at the beginning of the 21st century, it had absolutely “no mobile infrastructure at all.”  Today, Afghanistan has licensed four GSM operators and has established “an environment of healthy, transparent competition and low-cost, broad accessibility.”  This is, aturally, leading to economic growth for the country, which is good for everyone.  The mobile industry currently has over 50,000 people on its payroll, which accounts for 12 percent of all government revenues.  Therefore, the telecommunications industry is now the “largest source of foreign investment, bringing more than $1.2 billion dollars into the national economy.”

It is excellent when there is such clear proof that a country like Afghanistan is undergoing such major improvement.  Hamed Wardak and other activists are constantly working hard to see Afghanistan develop.

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