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Roshan vows improvement in public services delivery

Roshan vows improvement in public services delivery

Aug 05, 2018 - 16:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Roshan, a leading telecommunication company, in Afghanistaninfo-icon has pledged more investment and progress through the expansion of its telecommunication and other services in Afghanistan.

“15 years ago, we came to Afghanistan with a deep commitment to provide the best in class network quality to connect the Afghan people and transform their lives through technology, investment and jobs,” said Karim Khoja, Roshan’s CEO during a ceremony which market the 15 anniversary.

“Afghanistan’s communications infrastructure has come a long way in 15 years. Roshan is now focused on ushering and leading a new era of digital connectivity. We remain committed to the people and the government of Afghanistan and will continue to work closely with the government to use technology to improve delivery of public services,” he said. 

As a leading investor, Roshan has invested more than $700 million in the development of its telecom infrastructure and has created more than 35,000 jobs in the country through direct and indirect employment.   

Roshan has always been a pioneer in leveraging its robust network infrastructure and technology to support the government and the people of Afghanistan.  These include the launch of Afghanistan’s first ever mobile money service, M-Paisa, which has contributed to increasing financial transparency and financial inclusion. Roshan also launched the first ever Telemedicine program in Afghanistan in 2007, linking hospitals in Badakhshan, Bamiyan and Kandahar provinces to the French Medicial Institute for Children and Mothers (FMIC) in Kabul, one of the most modern hospitals.

Roshan was issued its license in January 2003 and commercially started its service on July 27thof the same year.  At that time, barely 100,000 Afghans had access to any form of communications. Today, Roshan provides phone and digital connectivity to more than 6 million customers across all the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. 

Since its inception in 2003, Roshan has been a leader in sustainable Corporate Social Responsbility (CSR) through its flagship social program, Roshan Community. In the past 15 years, Roshan has built 11 schools, 30 E-learning Centers, 

244 drinking water wells, 54 playgrounds and has implemented tens of other major social and development projects across Afghanistan.  Roshan is also known as a brand that has brought soccer to the homes of millions of Afghans through its sponsorship of the Afghan Premier League which was launched in 2012.  

Roshan Marks 15th Anniversary of Commitment to the Development & Progress in Afghanistan

(August 5, 2018) – Kabul, Afghanistan:  Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, marked its 15th anniversary at a ceremony in Kabul. 

 The Roshan brand has been associated with the progress of Afghanistan.  The name “Roshan” means “light & hope” in the local languages and was chosen by the Afghan people.  Roshan’s tag-line, Nazdik Shodan, means bringing people closer together and reinforces the strong family ties and bonds in the country.

In the country. Since its launch, almost 30,000 patients across Afghanistan have received treatment through this telemedicine link. 

For its innovative approach to applying mobile technology to address key problems in Afghan communities, Fortune Magazine ranked Roshan as one of the “Top 51 Companies Changing the Worldinfo-icon” in 2015, a huge honor for Afghanistan’s private sector. 

About Roshan

Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan's leading total communications provider with over 6 million active subscribers and a network that covers over 287 districts and cities in all of the country's 34 provinces.

Roshan is a true Afghanistan success story, serving as a catalyst for economic growth and actively contributing to the country’s long-term development. Since its inception in 2003, Roshan has invested more $700 million in Afghanistan and is one of the country’s single largest investor and taxpayer. Roshan directly employs around 700 people, 20 percent of whom are womeninfo-icon, and provides indirect employment to more than 35,000 people.

Roshan is deeply committed to Afghanistan’s reconstructioninfo-icon and development. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and Telia, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan.


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