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Afghanistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Afghanistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
  • SKU: PB-RK-89 | Pages: 42 | Published: May-17
  • Published by: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

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Details: Executive summary
Mobile subscribers grow at a moderate pace in AfghanistanAfghanistan continues to be confronted by the challenges. The political and civil stability of the country is a dark cloud hanging over the country; and is a particular threat to the effectiveness of the telecommunications network and the viability of the telecommunications sector.
By 2017 despite the positive signs of a civil society taking shape, the country was still suffering from the ongoing conflict and multiple difficulties in administering the nation. After many years of war and civil strife, an encouraging aspect of the countrys efforts to rebuild has been the considerable success evident in the creating of a functional telecommunications sector virtually from nothing.
Internet penetration in Afghanistan remains very low although has increased significantly over the past five years, increasing from 3% in 2011 to 13% in 2016. Penetration is predicted to increase to over 15% by 2018. Fixed broadband penetration remains very low in Afghanistan at less than 0.1%
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 Afghanistans telecom sector. Between them they claimed a total of more than 25 million subscribers, with an overall mobile penetration of 80% The market is predicted to grow moderately over the next five years to 2021 increasing to reach penetration of between 86% and 95%.
By 2017, there were over two million 3G mobile broadband subscribers in the country. In mid 2016 the MCIT reduced the cost of international bandwidth by 20%, in a move to lay the groundwork for the introduction of 4G services in the future.
Key developments:

ATRA urged mobile providers to introduce biometric verification for SIM registration as soon as possible.
SpeedCast partnered with local mobile operator Wasel to roll out connectivity to 200 of the countrys most remote villages
ATRA enlisted local ISP Ariana Network Services (ANS) to provide broadband connectivity to 16 universities nationwide.
Fixed broadband penetration remains very low in Afghanistan.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, Ericsson, ZTE.


Table of Contents:


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Historical background
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Overview
5.2 Regulatory authorities
5.2.1 Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA)
5.2.2 Minister of Communications and Information Technology
5.3 Regulatory developments
5.3.1 Framework for emergency telecoms systems
5.4 Number Portability (NP)
5.5 Access
5.6 Mobile
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Fixed-line statistics
6.2 Optical fibre backbone
6.3 IP infrastructure
6.4 Rural Access
6.4.1 Telecommunication Development Fund (TDF)
6.4.2 Remote Village
6.5 Microwave ring
6.6 International infrastructure
6.6.1 Satellite services
7. Fixed network operators
7.1 Overview
7.2 Afghan Telecom
7.3 Other operators
7.3.1 Afghan Wireless Communications Co (AWCC)
7.3.2 Wasel Telecom
7.4 Other licences
8. Fixed broadband market
8.1 Market overview and analysis
8.2 Statistics
8.3 Forecasts - internet subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
8.4 Internet Service Providers (ISP)
9. Digital economy
9.1 e-Commerce
9.2 e-Government
9.3 e-Health
9.4 e-Education
9.5 e-Banking
9.6 Afghanistan National Data Centre (ANDC)
9.7 Other digital services
9.7.1 WiFi hotspots
9.7.2 Internet cafes
9.7.3 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Market Overview and Analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.2.1 General statistics
10.2.2 Operator statistics
10.3 Mobile forecasts
10.3.1 Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016;2018; 2021
10.3.2 Forecasts - mobile broadband subscribers - 2016;2018; 2021
10.4 Mobile infrastructure
10.4.1 Introduction
10.4.2 Third Generation (3G)
10.4.3 4G / LTE
10.5 Mobile data services
10.5.1 Mobile banking and m-money
10.5.2 Roshans Malomat service
11. Mobile operators
11.1 Overview
11.2 Afghan Wireless (AWCC)
11.3 Roshan
11.4 MTN Afghanistan
11.5 Etisalat Afghanistan
11.6 Salam Telecom (Aftel)
12. Digital Media
12.1 Broadcasting market
12.1.1 Overview
12.1.2 Digitalisation
12.1.3 National broadcasters
12.1.4 Cable TV
13. Related reports
Table 1 - Country statistics Afghanistan - 2016
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2016
Table 3 - Internet statistics - 2016
Table 4 - Mobile statistics - 2016
Table 5 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 - Afghanistans GDP real growth rate - 2006 - 2017
Table 7 - Historical - Fixed-line subscribers and teledensity - 1994; 2000 - 2008
Table 8 - Fixed-line subscribers and teledensity - 2009 - 2016
Table 9 - Fixed-line subscribers and teledensity - wireline v. wireless - 2009 - 2016
Table 10 - Afghan Telecom - wireline and wireless subscribers - 2012; 2014 - 2016
Table 11 - Historical - Internet users (ITU) - 2002 - 2006
Table 12 - Internet users (ITU)- 2007 - 2015
Table 13 - Internet users - 2002; 2004; 2006; 2008; 2010 - 2016
Table 14 - Historical - Internet subscribers - 2002 - 2004
Table 15 - Fixed internet subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 16 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration- 2005 - 2016
Table 17 - International internet bandwidth - 2005 - 2016
Table 18 - Afghanistan - Facebook users and penetration - 2012; 2015
Table 19 - Forecast - fixed internet subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 20 - Mobile subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2016
Table 21 - 3G mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2013 - 2016
Table 22 - Mobile operator and systems
Table 23 - Subscribers and Market share by Major Operators - 2016
Table 24 - Historical - ARPU by operator - 2008 - 2012
Table 25 - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 26 - Forecast - mobile broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 27 - AWCCs mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 28 - Roshans mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 29 - MTNs mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2016
Table 30 - MTNs ARPU - 2011 - 2016
Table 31 - Etisalats mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2016
Table 32 - Key broadcasting statistics
Chart 1 - Fixed-line subscribers and teledensity - 2009 - 2016
Chart 2 - Mobile subscribers and annual change - 2006 - 2016
Exhibit 1 - Awarding of 3G licences - by operator and date
Exhibit 2 - Launch of 3G services - by operator and date