Roshan, Siemens' agreement on cooperation

Kabul, November 4, 2006 (Pajhwok Afghan News) - Afghanistan's leading GSM mobile provider Roshan signed a cooperation accord with Siemens here on Saturday.

Roshan, one of the three cellular companies operating in Afghanistan, signed the agreement with Siemens, the worldwide known telecom manufacturer for future cooperation.

A press release issued here said Roshan had purchased telecommunication equipments worth $45 million from Siemens over the past three years making up to 50 per cent of the network's infrastructure in use.

Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of Roshan, said the agreement requires Siemens to provide more equipment to the mobile phone company and train some of its technical staff.

Gholam Hassanzada, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens in Afghanistan, said they had organised trainings for about 900 Afghan engineers and technicians in different countries. He added Siemens would provide more modern equipments to Roshan under the agreement.

President of Siemens in Austria Dietmar Appeltauer, who attended the accord signing ceremony said: "Siemens has a long and historical relationship with Afghanistan. It is committed to participation in the reconstruction of the country.

He said Siemens had a strong relationship with Roshan, which is one of the top customers of this internationally recognised electronic manufacturer.

Communication Minister Eng Amirzai Sangin appreciated both Roshan and Siemens for their 'effective' work in Afghanistan. He said communication was quickly spreading across the country with 70 per cent of people benefiting from the mobile phone facility.

In addition to the minister and senior representatives of the two companies, German ambassador to Kabul and some members of parliament also attended the ceremony.