Pajhwok Afghan News

7 Paktika districts to get telecom services soon: ATRA

SHARANA (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) office in southeastern Paktika province says seven districts of the province are still without telecommunication services, but efforts are underway to provide telecom services there soon.

Syed Ibrahim Jahad, ATRA head for Paktika, told  Pajhwok Afghan News Wazakhwa, Khoshamand, Warmami, Terwa,  Nimatabad, Gomal and Chaharbaran are the  districts where residents still lack access to telecommunication services.

He said technical surveys were underway and all areas would be covered with telecom services in near future.

He added: “Surveys have been completed in Wazakhwa, Khoshamand, Warmami, Terwa and Chaharbaran districts and the rest of the work would be launched soon.”

According to him, Gomal and Nimatabad districts are also included in the plan and have been proposed to the central administration for approval.

However, he had no information when the approval would be granted.

On the other hand, residents of these districts also complain they are facing many problems in the absence of telecom services.

Haji Shamiran, an influential figure in Wazakhwa district, told Pajhwok they had been promised many times, but telecommunication services were yet to be activated in these districts.

He said: “There is no network in our area, we face many problems, if something happens or a patient needs doctor, we cannot inform anyone.”

Meanwhile, Sardar Mohammad, a resident of Terwa district, told Pajhwok they had repeatedly asked the authorities for solution to the problem, but it remained unaddressed so far.

He said: “We have repeatedly asked officials in the previous government, but no one listened to us, now in the Islamic Emirate government should resolve our problem.”

He added the government and private telecommunication companies should provide telecom services to all people.

Three months ago, telecommunication services were activated in Dila, Ziruk and Nika districts of the province for the first time.

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