Since 2002 Afghanistan’s first mobile operator, the Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC), have delivered wireless and broadband communications systems to residential and business consumers throughout the country. As a result of their pioneering efforts, the AWCC now provide all of Afghanistan’s provinces with comprehensive broadband coverage. In keeping with these groundbreaking technological advances, the AWCC have now launched an innovative 3.75G+ mobile broadband service in Kabul.
In recent years the AWCC have completely transformed their radio and core network in Kabul in order establish a viable 3G service for their customers. Consequently, the AWCC are now the only mobile operator in Afghanistan that provide state of the art Dual Carrier-High Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) technology from each of their 3G sites located in Kabul. This next generation of 3G technology facilitates faster data speeds with download data rates of up to 42 Mbps per cell; thereby permitting Kabul residents to access the Internet wirelessly on their mobile phones, computers and other portable electronic devices via the city’s fastest 3G service.
As well as introducing this groundbreaking 3.75G+ technology, the AWCC have also implemented state of the art Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) within their 3G network. IPv6 is the latest version of the Internet Protocol; a global communications protocol that provides numeric sender and receiver IP addresses for all electronic devices that communicate over the Internet. The implementation of IPv6 is bringing Afghanistan up to the latest international communication standard. Currently, the AWCC are the only telecommunications company in Afghanistan that facilitate an all IPv6 network but it is hoped that rivals will soon follow suit.
Speaking about the company’s latest telecommunications developments, AWCC’s Managing Director, Amin Ramin, enthused how;
“We have enjoyed the privilege and responsibility of being the industry leader in Afghanistan’s telephony sector for more than a decade, and we are proud to become the first true mobile broadband provider in the country by the globally-accepted definition of the word ‘BROADBAND’… We are delighted to provide these upgraded services to our subscribers in Kabul and, whether it’s through improved internet surfing, online gaming or great video viewing experiences in either SD or HD format, we are sure subscribers will quickly come to understand the true meaning and high speed of 3.75G+ technology and mobile broadband”.
Although these advanced telecommunications services are currently only available to the residents of Kabul, the AWCC have announced their plans to introduce these 3.75G+ services in Kandahar in the first quarter of 2015. Furthermore, the AWCC are confident that they will be able to establish this technology throughout all the major cities in Afghanistan in 2015. Given the success of this 3.75G+ network in Kabul and the AWCC’s previous pioneering successes within the telecommunications industry, it is anticipated that all of the provinces in Afghanistan will begin to benefit from a highly advanced, rapid and reliable mobile broadband service in the not too distant future.