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Afghanistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Afghanistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Afghanistan gains momentum in the rollout of fibre networks

Afghanistan continues to be confronted by the challenges. After many years of war and civil strife, an encouraging aspect of the country's efforts to rebuild has been the considerable success evident in the creating a functional telecommunications sector virtually from nothing. The telecommunications networks now covers over 90% of the population.

Efforts are being made to roll out fixed-line services, but the country's telecommunications services rely heavily on its mobile infrastructure.

Fixed-line broadband market penetration has not grown significantly over the last five years. Over the next five years to 2023 growth is expected to continue but overall market penetration will remain extremely low.

Afghanistan is making good progress on the roll-out of the government project for a nationwide optical fibre backbone. The MCIT officially launched the Wakhan Corridor Fibre Optic Survey Project', the first phase of a plan to install a cross-border fibre link connecting Afghanistan with China.

Afghanistan has a highly competitive mobile market that continues to flourish despite the background of the ongoing conflict throughout the country. The mobile sector has been boosted by the absence of effective fixed-line alternatives. There are five mobile operators competing in Afghanistan's telecom sector.

Afghanistan's mobile market has experienced reasonably strong growth over 2012 to 2018 period from a relatively small base. Moderately strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023.

Afghanistan has seen a strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years, however the mobile broadband market is still at an early stage of development and penetration remains relatively low compared to other Asian nations. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 by which time the market is predicted to reach market penetration of 30%. The mobile broadband market will be driven by a rising level of mobile subscribers and strong competition.

Key developments:

The MCIT officially launched the Wakhan Corridor Fibre Optic Survey Project',
Afghanistan is making good progress on the roll-out of a nationwide optical fibre backbone.
Afghanistan's mobile market has experienced reasonably strong growth.
The mobile broadband market is being driven by a rising level of mobile subscribers and strong competition.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Afghan Telecom/Aftel/Salam Telecom/Networks, Afghan Wireless Communications Company/AWCC, Roshan/ Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd (TDCA), Etisalat Afghanistan, MTN Afghanistan, Wasel Telecom.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities - 2018 (e)
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics - 2018 (e)
    • BACKGROUND
    • ECONOMY
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
    • REGIONAL MARKET COMPARISON
    • HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA)
      • Minister of Communications and Information Technology
    • FRAMEWORK FOR EMERGENCY TELECOMS SYSTEMS
    • SPECTRUM
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • ACCESS
    • MOBILE
    • DIGITAL MEDIA
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • FIXED-LINE STATISTICS
      • Table Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Historic - Fixed-line subscribers and teledensity - 1994; 2000 - 2008
      • Table Historic - Fixed-line subscribers - wireline v. wireless - 2009 - 2016
    • OPTICAL FIBRE BACKBONE
    • IP INFRASTRUCTURE
    • RURAL ACCESS
      • Telecommunication Development Fund (TDF)
      • Remote Village
    • MICROWAVE RING
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Satellite services
    • CLOUD COMPUTING
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW
    • AFGHAN TELECOM
      • Table Afghan Telecom - wireline and wireless subscribers - 2012; 2014 - 2016
    • OTHER OPERATORS
      • Afghan Wireless Communications Co (AWCC)
      • Wasel Telecom
    • OTHER LICENCES
  • FIXED BROADBAND MARKET
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
      • Table Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2008 - 2023
      • Table Internet Users and Penetration - 2007 - 2017
      • Table Historic - Internet users (ITU) - 2002 - 2006
      • Table Historic - Fixed internet subscribers - 2003 - 2016
      • Table International internet bandwidth - 2005 - 2017
    • INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS (ISP)
      • Table Licensed ISPs - 2018
    • WIMAX
    • WIFI HOTSPOTS
    • INTERNET CAFES
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • MOBILE STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
      • Table Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2023
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2006
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
      • Table Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2013 - 2023
      • Table Mobile subscribers by category -2018
      • Table 3G mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2013 - 2018
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Introduction
        • Table Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
      • Third Generation (3G)
      • 4G / LTE
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Mobile banking and m-money
      • Roshan's Malomat service
    • MOBILE SATELLITE
  • MOBILE OPERATORS
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile operator and systems
      • Table Subscribers and Market share by Major Operators - 2018
      • Table Historic - ARPU by operator - 2008 - 2012
    • AFGHAN WIRELESS (AWCC)
      • Table AWCC's mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2018
    • ROSHAN
      • Table Roshan's mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2018
    • MTN AFGHANISTAN
      • Table MTN's mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2018
      • Table MTN's ARPU - 2011 - 2016
    • ETISALAT AFGHANISTAN
      • Table Etisalat's mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2018
    • SALAM TELECOM (AFTEL)
    • WASEL TELECOM
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-EDUCATION
    • E-BANKING
    • AFGHANISTAN NATIONAL DATA CENTRE (ANDC)
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL (VOIP)
    • BROADCASTING MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Key broadcasting statistics - 2016
      • Digitalisation
      • National broadcasters
      • Cable TV
  • RELATED REPORTS

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