The leading telecommunications company in Afghanistan, Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) has provided both phone and Internet services throughout the country since 2002. The first service provider in Afghanistan to offer 3.75G+ mobile broadband connectivity, Afghan Wireless regularly implements technical improvements to augment the quality and scope of its services. The company also offers a wide range of innovative mobile services and features.
One such feature, AWCC SuperWiFi, offers added convenience and flexibility to subscribers in Khost, Afghanistan, by offering an additional option for mobile users to access the Internet on the go. The service uses strategically placed Wi-Fi access points in public places such as restaurants and car dealerships to allow users to access the Internet safely and securely throughout the city. SuperWiFi increases the range of mobile Internet connectivity for AWCC subscribers without requiring the use of the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) data infrastructure.
Afghan Wireless offers SuperWiFi data packages to suit a variety of subscriber needs. Its most basic social media package allows users to access Facebook and Twitter for 24 hours with a 250 MB data cap. Other SuperWiFi social networking bundles provide access to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Skype in increments of 15 or 30 days and with a choice of 5 GB, 20 GB, or unlimited data. For those using SuperWiFi for business purposes, Afghan Wireless also offers an “all day work partner” package that allows users to access various email and business applications.
In December 2014, Afghan Wireless became the first telecommunications company in Afghanistan to offer true mobile broadband services. Afghan Wireless Managing Director Amin Ramin expressed confidence that subscribers would quickly notice the improvements, noting that he and his associates are “proud to become the first true mobile broadband provider in the country by the globally-accepted definition of the word ‘broadband.’”
Offering high-speed access and nearly constant connectivity, broadband is the most commonly used method of establishing Internet access. It is available in a number of different types of connections, which may vary based on subscribers’ location and choice of service package.
A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), which uses preexisting, unused telephone lines, offers speeds of between several hundred kilobytes per second (KBps) and millions of bits per second (Mbps). The speed of a DSL broadband connection typically varies based on a home or business’ distance from the telephone company facility or switching station.
Offered by cable TV providers, cable broadband requires a cable modem and coaxial cables. Since users within defined geographic areas share the same bandwidth, cable broadband subscribers may experience speed fluctuations based on network traffic loads.
Broadband providers may also use satellites to deliver Internet services, providing access to remote areas, but at far slower speeds. In contrast, fiber optic broadband connections represent one of the fastest methods of Internet connectivity, transmitting electrical signals in the form of light through extremely fine glass fibers.