Afghani telecoms group Telecom Development Company Afghanistan, more commonly known as Roshan, plans to invest up to USD100 million in its home market this year and expects subscriber numbers to grow to 5.75 million as it expands into new areas. Speaking to Reuters, CEO Karim Khoja also said the company is planning to launch 3G services with rollout expected to start in the next six to twelve months. ‘We invest between USD50 to USD100 million annually and we will invest from retained earnings,’ Khoja said. Roshan is 51% owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, 36.75% by Cable & Wireless Communications and 12.25% by Swedish group TeliaSonera.
Roshan’s subscriber base at the end of March 2011 stood at five million, making it the largest wireless network operator in the country ahead of MTN, Etisalat and AWCC. ‘Our subscribers are growing by an average 150,000 a month and our net active subscriber [base] is expected to grow to 5.50 to 5.75 million by the end of this year,’ said Khoja.
Source: TeleGeography com
Introduction to 3G Technology
3G refers to technologies associated with wireless communications and is most often associated with cell phones. Popular use of the term 3G, such as “a 3G phone,” refers to the types of cell phones equipped to access to a wireless data network using 3G standards. Cell phones and other Internet-enabled devices that use 3G wireless technology are perceived as achieving higher speeds when browsing the Web, downloading files or performing other wireless Internet-related tasks. Technically, 3G stands for 3rd generation and refers to the third generation of related standards established by the ITU, or International Telecommunication Union. The family includes technologies recognized by consumers such as GSM EDGE and WiMAX. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GGP) has taken an active role in establishing and promoting 3G standards in order to increase the benefit of 3G technologies to consumers.
The 3rd Generation Partnership Project was established to develop and promote a set of Technical Specifications and Technical Reports for 3G technologies. The 3GPP originally focused on standards for a mobile communications system based on GSM networks and related radio access technologies. The 3GPP serves as an independent intermediary between the groups of vendors who must work together to create useful 3GP-enabled technologies for consumers, such as network providers, wireless service providers, and cell phone and mobile device manufacturers.
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