Monday, April 10, 2006

Telecommunications: Afghan mobile phone operator "runaway success"

Both the Gulf Daily News and The Peninsula, carry an article on leading Afghan mobile phone operator Roshan.

"Launched in July 2003, Roshan - which means "light" in Persian - today has more than 750,000 subscribers, almost double that of its only rival AWCC. Its network covers 27 of the 34 provinces, 40 per cent of the population and 150 of the country's biggest cities. Its billboards have spread the slogan "Nazdiq Shodan" ("Connecting People") across the nation.

It is one of two beacons of economic success in post-Taleban Afghanistan, the other being Tolo TV and its myriad of media projects. Roshan is 51 per cent owned by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) with 36.75 per cent held by Monaco Telecom and 12.25 per cent by Afghan-US group MCT."

"The company is today the largest taxpayer in Afghanistan, handing the government $25m in 2005 - an amount that equals five per cent of the national budget."

Full article: Top Afghan mobile network aims higher than just profits