Society and norms – Utilities and Public Services: Communication

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During the 1980s and 1990s, the nation's telephone lines were excavated by fighters digging trenches and often stripped for copper by scavengers. There are just 12,000 functioning telephones in Kabul, a city of nearly two million. The Ministry of Communications has moved aggressively to improve communications services throughout the country.

Prospects for communications have improved considerably since 2003. There are now at least two wireless telephone and Internet providers in the major cities with plans to extend service to the more rural areas.



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