KABUL - 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. 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,” Amirzai Sangin, minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication said.

Published in The Nation newspaper on 11-May-2014