KABUL, Afghanistan, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Roshan, Afghanistan's leading total communications provider, today launched 3G Jahaan (meaning "the world"), which will immediately be available in Kabul, and then rolled out nationwide. Roshan 3G Jahaan presents a significant next step in access by connecting the company's six million customers with each other and the world. Furthermore, 3G Jahaan's features such as video calling, conferencing and streaming confirm Roshan's promise to continue offering new products that will further advance the company's customer service and provision of innovative voice and data services.
"It has always been Roshan's vision to leverage technology and innovation to bridge critical needs gaps and improve the lives of those in the community. 3G Jahaan is the next step in that vision, and a leap forward for the people of Afghanistan," Karim Khoja, Roshan Chief Executive Officer, said. "Today's launch of our 3G service reinforces Roshan's ongoing mission to providing the highest quality service and enabling greater access for our customers. 3G Jahaan is not just about speed, but our continued commitment to the overall customer experience," Khoja added.
His Excellency Amir Zai Sangin, Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) for the government of Afghanistan said, "The launch of Roshan 3G Services is another major step in transforming Afghanistan into Information Society. Roshan recognizes the value that world-class telecommunications services can bring – not only to the Afghan people, but the international community as a whole."
Roshan's investment in 3G technology is also part of the company's continued mission to leverage the telecommunications infrastructure to support development in health (telemedicine) and education (e-learning). In 2003, just giving people the ability to satisfy a basic need of simply talking to one another was innovation. Today, Roshan 3G Jahaan's enhanced connectivity services will not only increase the delivery of robust product and data offerings, but facilitate improved life-saving telemedicine technology for those patients in need of medical treatment. And, for the next generation of Afghan leaders, 3G Jahaan will amplify learning access with e-learning tools.
Last month Roshan secured a loan from the International Finance Corporation, in the amount of $147 million, to support the acquisition of the company's 3G spectrum license and continued development of network infrastructure.
For more information about how customers can enroll in Roshan 3G Jahaan service, please visit http://www.roshan.af/Roshan/3G.aspx
Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan's leading total communications provider with six million active subscribers and a network that covers over 230 cities and towns in all of the country's 34 provinces.
Roshan is a true Afghanistan success story, serving as a catalyst for economic growth and actively contributing to the country's long-term development. Since its inception eight years ago, Roshan has invested over $550 million in Afghanistan and is the country's single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately five percent of the Afghan government's overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs nearly 1,300 people, 20 percent of whom are women, and provides indirect employment to more than 40,000 people.
Roshan is deeply committed to Afghanistan's reconstruction and development. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and TeliaSonera, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan.