Access in Afghanistan
#910.73?Rank out of 92 countries. Score out of 10.
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In November 2006, the Afghan government contracted with Chinese firms to establish a countrywide fiber optic cable network. By 2010, there were at least 46 Internet service providers in Afghanistan (up from only five in 2003). 3G services were introduced in 2012 and are provided by all of Afghanistan’s major telecommunication companies. Despite these advances, as recently as 2010, most rural towns and villages in Afghanistan did not have Internet access. In January 2013, the Afghan government announced a three-fold cut in the price of fiber optic Internet services in an effort to make Internet more accessible to the country's poorer regions.