ADB pro­vides In­no­va­tive Ser­vices

Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank has been ex­tend­ing loans and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to South Asian coun­tries for a broad range of de­vel­op­ment projects and pro­grams. The Bank has helped thou­sands of poor house­holds in re­mote ar­eas of the re­gion to ben­e­fit from its de

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Mo­bile Tele­phony in Afghanistan

In ab­sence of fixed tele­phone lines, de­mand for mo­bile phones in Afghanistan has been ris­ing over the past few years. How­ever, ser­vice roll­out was con­strained by lim­ited fi­nanc­ing op­tions in the chal­leng­ing po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment. With help from Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank’s pri­vate sec­tor op­er­a­tions, the Tele­com De­vel­op­ment Com­pany Afghanistan - known as Roshan and the largest op­er­a­tor with over 3.2 mil­lion sub­scribers - has been able to ex­pand its mo­bile net­work in­fra­struc­ture na­tion­wide and im­prove its range of ser­vices. In July 2008, ADB pro­vided its third loan to the process, this time $60 mil­lion. This fol­lowed loans of $35 mil­lion in late 2004 and $35 mil­lion in mid-2006. With ex­pan­sion, Roshan has been able to lower the cost of its mo­bile phone ser­vices, in­creas­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the poor. It has also in­tro­duced mo­bile bank­ing ser­vices for its poor, thereby bring­ing fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tion ser­vices to a coun­try where only 3% of the pop­u­la­tion has a bank ac­count. The com­pany is also in­stalling so­lar pho­to­voltaic pan­els to power tele­com tow­ers, thus re­duc­ing diesel fuel con­sump­tion and green­house gas emis­sions. Mo­bile tech­nol­ogy is also help­ing im­prove the de­liv­ery of es­sen­tial ser­vices such as health care, ed­u­ca­tion, and se­cu­rity - con­nect­ing peo­ple and chang­ing lives.

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