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Nokia Siemens Networks to improve mobile networks across Afghanistan

by david.nunes

Afghan Wireless selects telecoms supplier to enhance its capacity, coverage and agility

Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) plans to increase coverage, particularly in rural areas, and provide a range of new mobile services. Nokia Siemens Networks will modernize and expand the operator’s 2.5G (GSM/GPRS) network and provide subscriber data management and charging and billing platforms. As a result, more people will be able to access mobile services across the country.

With close to 17 million subscribers, Afghanistan’s current mobile penetration is around 57%*. This shows the great strides the country has taken since 2002 when there were no phones in the country**. At the same time, there remains a clear opportunity to expand into the underserved parts of the country and reach a larger segment of the rural population.

“We are committed to improving the mobile network for our people across Afghanistan. While this demanded overhauling our network to build additional capacity and introduce new technologies, we also had to protect our existing investments,” said Daniel M. Florentine, Member Board of Directors AWCC. “We selected Nokia Siemens Networks as we fully trust its capabilities and expertise – the company will prepare us for a seamless transition to next-generation technologies.”

“The mobile phone– and the opportunities it brings – are becoming a fundamental right for all citizens. As in the rest of the world, people across Afghanistan want widespread access to mobile networks,” added Veqar ul Islam, head of sub region “east”, Nokia Siemens Networks Middle East and Africa. “We can help Afghan Wireless deliver consistent services across the country and provide the required edge to outperform competition while reducing its capital and operational costs.”

As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will upgrade the operator’s radio network with its energy-efficient Flexi Base Station and Flexi Base Station Controller to deliver increased capacity, connectivity and uninterrupted services. The small size and low energy consumption of these units make them highly suitable for operation in remote, rural areas. AWCC will also benefit from lower operational costs with the deployment of integrated packet-based transport capability that supports increased voice and data traffic on the installed base of network connections. In addition, the operator’s energy costs will be reduced as a result of swapping outdated mobile switches with state-of-the-art mobile softswitches.

Nokia Siemens Networks will also roll out its subscriber data management solution, including its One-NDS centralized subscriber repository so that AWCC can easily generate insights on end-user behavior to develop services catering to the specific needs of different users. The telecom suppliers’ charge@once billing platform will improve AWCC’s time-to-market for new and targeted marketing campaigns and combine services across pre-paid and post-paid subscribers. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver a complete range of professional services, including network implementation, care and system integration.

About Afghan Wireless Communication Company

Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC), headquartered in Kabul, is the largest private investor in Afghanistan. Afghan Wireless offers strong value propositions to our customers and tries hard to exceed their expectations. AWCC provides microwave backbone connectivity covering over 2500 Km in all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. The services include digital call quality, conference calling, per second billing, superb connectivity on the highways and over the difficult terrain of the country. AWCC is a leader in delivering wireless and broadband communication solutions to residential and business customers.


About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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Media Enquiries

Nokia Siemens Networks

Nada Chammas

Communications, Middle East and Africa

Phone : +971 4 4460213

E-mail: nada.chammas@nsn.com

Media Relations

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Afghan Wireless Communication Company

Alberto Lopez

Director of Business Operations

Phone : +971 4 227 8695

E-mail: a.lopez@tsiglobe.com

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