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The main objective is to bring about a modern mobile communication system that is both effective and is affordable by the local population. factors prohibiting the initial project are the following:
Notwithstanding the aforementioned it is in the best interest of the country and of it's initiators to establish a concise and applicable network that will host services which are required for the immediate and long term progress of the reconstruction of the country. It is therefore advisable that a partnership scheme be established with the government of the country and other interested parties so that the initial phase of the project may not be an overburden cost issue and therefore subsidised by government and local authority contracts. It is envisaged that after the local elections the founders of this project will present these papers to the Ministry of communications in Kabul for approval of a Communications licence for the objectives listed below.
The following objectives are to be carried out for the fruition of this project:
For Kabul the main objective will be for the residents to be able to communicate with the already existing PSTN. This I am sure will be possible as the Governments Communications Ministry has just contracted with Siemens AG a Siemens exchange for Kabul. Secondly the radius of the network should extend at least to the boarders of Kabul and this would mean at least 20 KM.
It would be true to envisage the same radial efficiency for all of the major cities of Afghanistan and therefore the cost of network will reflect this criteria.
The minimum hop on the 13 Ghz LAN network is dependent on the line of sight and it can be construed that the average distance between each node is 40 Km.
It has been assumed that about 37 hops are required for the total ring network as illustrated by the following draft:
Taking the assumptions of previous costs and extrapolating , the following cost analysis has been conducted on the following basis:
It must be noted that Siemens has not given any costs, so all figures are rudimentary. The price structure has been chosen to reflect the immediate and medium term business stategy for uptake of services by the indigenous population.
It is assumed that the government and local International companies and groups will use the major part of the bandwidth of the LAN network to link their communications network.
The cost of phones has not been included in the calculation as any GSM phone may be utilised for this service. The cost of telephones for this service range from $30 to $250.
A prepaid card system has not been ruled out, however it is an extra cost burden and is unnecessary as any non paying account can be automatically switched off, if their subscription is not paid.
The International communications proposal is a preliminary step to Internet and 30 channel voice for International calls being given at 29 cents per minute to Europe and the US.
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Other companies proposing similar projects dialglobe.comTSI contact and job vacancy as advertised on 19 Jun 2002 indicating it's commitment to activating an internet based system
Ministry of Telecommunications AfghanistanThe ministry has introduces a website at http://www.af-com-ministry.org/ and hope to woe respective applicants to it's GSM tender at a wopping $10,000 application fee.
NEWSMinistry's timetable for offering GSM License
a selection of candidates for the GSM license
The winner of the license AFTED a consortium of foriegn investors bringing Alkatel technology Second (or third ?) GSM license awarded in Afghanistan or akfed AKFED-Led Consortium Wins Afghan Telecom Licence or akfed