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Afghanistan signs satellite deal to boost booming media

Published on May 10, 2014 8:06 PM

KABUL (AFP) - Afghanistan started using its first ever satellite on Saturday in a bid to boost its national broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure as well as its international connectivity.

Afghanistan's telecommunications sector and a growing digital media industry are among the Afghan government's biggest achievements since the fall of the Taleban regime in 2001.

The new satellite, Afghansat 1, will support a wide range of services including broadcasting, mobile telephony and IP connectivity, officials said.

"We can say it is a historical move, because for the first time Afghanistan is renting a satellite," Mr Amirzai Sangin, minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication said in Kabul as Afghanistan started to use the satellite.

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