Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has announced that from 1 February 2014 state-backed operator Afghan Telecom (Aftel) will reduce wholesale bandwidth prices by 30%, whilst cutting the cost of residential broadband services by 20%. On the wholesale front, the monthly price for STM-1 (155Mbps) will drop from USD20,000 to USD14,000. Residential users meanwhile will see price cuts for DSL subscriptions ranging from 256kbps connections – which will drop to AFN1,000 (USD17.6) – to 2Mbps, which will be AFN2,000 per month cheaper at AFN8,000. Commenting on the development ICT Minister Amirzai Sangin said: ‘Providing better and more advanced IT services to the people, at affordable rates is one of the goals of MCIT. We have put in lots of effort in this area and this tangible reduction in rate of internet is its clear result.’
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