Insecurity impedes delivery of telecom services in Helmand
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): An unprecedented increase in violence has been impeding the delivery of telecommunication services in southern Helmand province, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) said on Tuesday.
Provincial Council Chairman Karim Khan Atal confirmed the disruption of private telecommunications services in the province over the past few days after the Taliban’s warnings. Residents have since been faced with problems.
He suggested the MCIT mount pressure on private telecommunications companies to start their services in the restive province. If thefirms did not launch services. The ministry should cancel their licences, the public representatives proposed.
But Mohammad Yasin Samim, the MCIT spokesman, confirmed the private mobile firms had stopped providing their services due to increasing incidents of violence in the province.
“The mobile companies had resisted a lot, providing services in the daytime. But the insurgents continued to warn them and torched their facilities in some areas. As a result, they had to halt their operations,” he argued.
According to Samim it was the final decision to close services as the companies could not resist to the Taliban cruelty.
He added the MCIT had been in contact with mobile companies and security institutions to find a way of dealing with the issue of restartingthe telecommunications services in Helmand.
Four years back, the Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC), Roshan, Etisalat and MTN halted their services in Helmand due the worsening security environment.
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