Local officials from Badakhshan telecommunication directorate said government will overcome the problem next year.
Nine Badakhshan Districts Without Telecom Services
At least nine districts in Badakhshan province – in the far northeast of Afghanistan – have no access to local telecommunication services, local officials said, adding that resident are using SIM cards from Tajikistan communication companies.
According to them this has been an ongoing for a number of years.
“We are also from Afghanistan and local telecommunication services must be provided to us. We should benefit from the services of Afghan telecommunication companies,” said Nawroz, a resident of Darwaz district.
“We are using Tajikistan companies’ SIM cards. The cost for these SIM cards is expensive. We cannot contact local numbers properly,” said Gul Ahmad, a resident of Wakhan district.
The residents said they pay 50 AFs for every minute they talk on the phone while the cost for one minute with a local company costs one to two AFs.
Badakhshan telecommunication directorate’s Rabbani Haidari said the areas without local coverage is because of insecurity and remoteness.
“There are problems in the bordering districts (in Badakhshan) including insecurity, long distance, dispersed communities. These issues have impeded telecommunication services to the areas,” he said.
He added that they will invest $100,000 USD in collaboration with China to overcome the problem next year