The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Sunday said its annual revenue had reached $200 million with the growing number of telecom firms.
Speaking at an inaugural ceremony for three telecom projects in the capital of Takhar province, Minister Amirzai Sangin said the revenue went to the government exchequer. But he did not comment about the revenues of the past year.
So far, he said $2 billion have been invested in the telecom sector, unprecedented in the region. “Facilities in telecommunications sector are improving with time. We are striving to increase access to the facilities.”
Sangin listed the switch of television programmes from analogue to digital system, the launch of Afghan Sate satellite and computerisation of identity cards as main achievements of the ministry.
In addition to the state-run Salam and Afghan Telecom firms, four other companies were also providing good facilities to the people, the minister said.
Meanwhile, Sangin inaugurated three communication projects worth $6 million in Takhar province. Acting Governor Mohammad Farid Zaki said 90 percent of Takhar population had access to telecommunication service.
He urged the authorities concerned to provide similar facilities to the remaining 10 percent of the population. The acting governor said MTN and Etisalat had halted activities in some parts of the province, including Farkhar district.
Haji Ashraf Khan, a resident of Vursj district, complained they lacked access to telecommunication services. The authorities should facilitate the delivery of telecom services to residents across the province.