Afghan Wireless is First to 2 Million Subscriber Mark



    KABUL, Afghanistan, June 23 /CNW/ -- 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 with no satellite
delays, 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.
    
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    AWCC has been nominated for the GSM Association's Best Network Quality
Initiative Award for 2008.  This is the second consecutive year that AWCC has
been nominated for this award.  This award nomination is really a tribute to
all the efforts put in by Afghan Wireless to make world class GSM service in
the country a reality.
    The Afghan Wireless family of subscribers hit the 2 million mark on May
28, 2008 and has continued to grow.  The June 17 announcement was witnessed by
media covering all of the major newspapers, magazines and television stations
of Afghanistan.  Mr. Amin Ramin, AWCC Managing Director, announced this
milestone at the AWCC corporate office in Kabul City.
    Mr. Amin Ramin, AWCC's Managing Director, said, "It gives me great honor
and satisfaction to announce yet another milestone achieved by us which
reflects the trust of our customers in Afghan Wireless; An Afghan Company, By
Afghans, For Afghans which has now grown to a family of 2 Million!  A family
which has shown their trust and loyalty by making us what we are today."
    With a subscriber base of over 2 million, AWCC is also the only company
in Afghanistan which is capable of providing microwave connectivity across the
country to all major companies of Afghanistan, including other mobile
operators which are benefiting from this backbone.  Two of Afghanistan's
largest banks, Azizi Bank and Kabul Bank, use AWCC connectivity for their 75
branches across the country.  Various NGOs and government organizations also
depend on AWCC for their connectivity requirements.  AWCC provides
connectivity to more than 300 locations on its microwave network.
    In addition to the nationwide ring, additional backbone links were built
to connect Torghandi and Nuristan.  Capacity was also upgraded on existing
backbones.  A very high capacity link has been established to Pakistan, Paris
and New York with microwave over land and an undersea fiber route -- once
again, a first in the history of Afghanistan.  This link has provided the high
Internet capacity, enabling the customer to use GPRS-EDGE while they are on
the move.  Today, AWCC is the only company with such a high Internet Bandwidth
available in the country, all of it terrestrial.  AWCC customers can make
International calls using our digital calling facility with no satellite
delays.  They can now use the conference calling feature on their Afghan
Wireless Connection.
    In 2007, Afghan Wireless expanded its coverage from 27 Provinces, 120
towns and 247 cell sites to all 34 provinces, 300 towns and 329 cell sites in
the country.  This translates to an expansion of more than 33% in the network
coverage.
    Afghan Wireless plays a strong role in the rebuilding of Afghan society
through reinvestment, and by organizing and sponsoring sports events such as
mini-marathons, bike races, etc.  These build up solidarity and bring a
feeling of togetherness among the people of Afghanistan.
    Mr. Amin closed his remarks by saying, "I would like to inform everyone
that to celebrate this milestone of 2 million subscribers, we will offer a 50
Afghani free credit on every 250 Afghani recharge as our way of saying thank
you for being a part of the Afghan Wireless family.  Now you can call anyone,
anywhere, anytime with your free credit and enjoy great connectivity,
experiencing the digital call quality on the domestic and international
network with the widest coverage."
    
    About Afghan Wireless "An Afghan Company, By Afghans, For Afghans"
    
    Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC), headquartered in Kabul, is
the largest private investor in Afghanistan.  Afghan Wireless is also the
largest employer of Afghans in Afghanistan, employing approximately 3,000
people directly and another 30,000 indirectly.  AWCC is a leader in delivering
wireless and broadband communication solutions to residential and business
customers.  The company has a strong reputation for philanthropy, supporting
charitable organizations, assisting orphans, women, hunger relief and
education through its own efforts and in conjunction with the Bayat Foundation
(www.bayatfoundation.org)
    Additional information about Afghan Wireless and the products and
services provided is available at www.afghan-wireless.com

    
    Contact:
    Edgar Mueller
    +93 700 802 801 (Kabul)
    +1-201-302-0400 (New Jersey)
    




For further information:

For further information: Edgar Mueller, +93-700-802-801 (Kabul), 
+1-201-302-0400 (New Jersey), for Afghan Wireless Communications Company Web
Site: http://www.bayatfoundation.org                 
http://www.afghan-wireless.com

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