Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced that it has been selected to improve mobile networks across Afghanistan for Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC). Under the deal AWCC networks will gain increased coverage, particularly in rural areas, and will be able to provide a range of new mobile services. The vendor will modernise and expand the operator’s existing GSM/GPRS network and provide subscriber data management and charging and billing platforms. ‘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, board member at 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.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database AWCC is a joint venture between US-based Telephone Systems International (TSI, 80%) and the state (via the Ministry of Communications & IT, 20%). At the end of June 2010 AWCC was the smallest of four wireless network operators in Afghanistan in terms of subscribers, with a market share of 22.7%, behind Roshan, MTN Afghanistan and Etisalat Afghanistan.