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Etisalat Announces Launch of GSM Operation in Afghanistan

Kabul, August 28, 2007: Etisalat Afghanistan is proud to announce its state of the art GSM service across The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which will be officially launched tomorrow 29th August 2007. Worldwide this will be Etisalat’s 14th country of operations.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology, His Excellency Mr. Amirzai Sangin said, “I am pleased to see Etisalat as a new entrant in the telecom market, launching in Afghanistan in accordance with the laws and policies established by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. I wish Etisalat Afghanistan success in competing to provide necessary services for the Afghan people.”

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National Information and Communication Council Inaugurated

Kabul, May 28, 2007: The national Information and Communication council of ICT Afghanistan (NICCA) was inaugurated on Sunday.

According to Ahmad Zia Masood, first vice president and chairman of NICCA, the top priorities of NICCA will be to develop a strategic plan for information and communication technology (ICT), forming standard for hardware and software, coordination amongst government agencies, donor organization and private sectors in order to expand the opportunities of investment in the sector ICT.Ahmad Zia Masood added that establishing e-government was the top priority for NICCA.

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Etisalat plans to invest Dh1.1b in Afghanistan

Abu Dhabi: May 24, 2006: Etisalat, which secured a license to operate Afghanistan's fourth GSM mobile network, will invest Dh1.1 billion ($300 million) in the war-torn country over three years.

Mohammad Hassan Omran, Chairman of Etisalat, yesterday signed an agreement in Abu Dhabi with Amirzai Sangin, Minister of Communications, to operate the network.

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Etisalat Afghanistan Sponsors Inauguration of National Information and Communication Council of Afghanistan (NICCA)

Kabul, May 28, 2007: The national Information and Communication council of ICT Afghanistan (NICCA) was inaugurated on Sunday.

According to Ahmad Zia Massod, first vice president and chairman of NICCA, the top priorities of NICCA will be to develop a strategic plan for information and communication technology (ICT), forming standard for hardware and software, coordination amongst government agencies, donor organization and private sectors in order to expand the opportunities of investment in the sector ICT.Ahmad Zia Masood added that establishing e-government was the top priority for NICCA.

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Etisalat Gets Afghanistan GSM license

May 23, 2006: Etisalat has paid $40.1m to operate a GSM network in Afghanistan for 15 years. It expects to start operations in early 2007. While GSM penetration in the strife-torn country is low, Etisalat is confident of the market's potential for growth.
The agreement was signed by HE Amirzai Sangin, Minister of Communication, Afghanistan, and Mohammad Hassan Omran, Chairman of Etisalat, at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, on 23rd May 2006.

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