28 telecommunication antennas destroyed within the final three months: ATRA

The increasing insecurity in the country and the daily destruction of telecommunication antennas in various provinces have raised concerns about the safety of telecommunication investments and the restriction of internet services in Afghanistan.

According to the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA), 301 telecommunications antennas worth $ 1 million were destroyed in the country last year, and in the first three months of the current solar year, 28 telecommunications antennas were destroyed in unsafe parts of the country and 23 more antennas were partially destroyed damaged.

ATRA officials, while confirming problems in the telecommunications sector, said they plan to fix the damaged antennas very soon.

“The ATRA agency intends to install 400 telecommunications antennas in its tenth project in some remote and unsafe areas of the country; these antennas would be handed over to the telecommunications companies, ”said an ATRA spokesman, Saeed Shinwari.

Telecommunications company officials told TOLOnews that the destruction of antennas and their slow repair will place heavy losses on Afghan telecommunications companies and limit telecommunications services in some parts of the country.

Several MPs said that in the first three months of the current fiscal year (1400) the destruction of 51 telecommunications antennas caused heavy losses in the telecommunications sector.

“Not only the company is affected, but society as a whole because of the economic damage, which is very important,” said MP Atta Mohammad Dehqanpoor.

“If the officials working in the Ministry of Communications do not take serious action in this regard, the situation will be made worse and more antennas will be destroyed,” said MP Farida Ahmadi.

Telecommunications companies had previously issued a joint statement calling on the Afghan government to address the problem immediately.

The statement criticized the Afghan telecommunications regulator, saying its weak management had doubled the challenges facing telecommunications companies.

With investments of $ 3 billion, telecommunications is one of the most important sectors in the country. But the lack of security and blackmailing of telecommunications companies by local strong men have restricted telecommunications and Internet services in many provinces across the country.

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