Afghani telecommunications firm Afghan Telecom has signed an agreement with mobile operator Roshan to sell capacity on its national fibre-optic backbone ring network. The fibre network will complement Roshan's existing infrastructure, allowing the company to ensure the redundancy of its network and provide additional capacity for its growing number of subscribers.
Afghan Telecom and Roshan further intend to expand their partnership in the coming months as the fibre network is extended throughout Afghanistan.
The Afghan communications ministry and Afghan Telecom started the construction of the fibre-optic backbone project in April 2007, and when completed the network will cover 68 cities in 17 provinces of the country.
Roshan is the first GSM operators to enter a commercial partnership with Afghan Telecom for fibre capacity.