Regulators plan to improve Pakistan-Afghanistan telecoms

Regulators agree series of measures to improve telecommunications between the two countries

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By  Roger Field Published  March 18, 2009

The telecom regulators of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to improve telecom services between the two countries after a high level meeting in Islamabad.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) agreed to assist its Afghani counterpart, the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA), to help improve telecom services in the country.

Dr. Mohammed Yaseen, chairman of the PTA, said that Pakistan’s telecom operators were willing to extend fibre optic links to Afghanistan, eventually allowing the country to link up with the International Sea Cable System through Pakistan. Yaseen also proposed a joint working group to “enhance mutual cooperation” between the countries.

Mr. Zakaria Hassan, chairman of ATRA, said that Afghanistan had made “rapid progress” since opening up its telecom sector in 2003, and added that his country could benefit from Pakistan’s telecoms experience in areas such as interconnect costing models and tariff regulations.

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