Afghanistan’s tech scene
Despite the stormy conditions of nearly constant conflict for over 10 years, plus the five years before that when the Taliban had criminalised even using the internet, Afghanistan has still somehow managed to emerge as a key tech player in Central Asia. On the back of the ‘Fiber Ring’ - a high speed fibre optic network linking the country to four of its neighbours - a huge government push to build tech infrastructure is bringing the benefits of mobile to the 86% of Afghanistan’s 30 million people. In a country where only 34% of the population, mostly male, is literate, the fact that 80% of Afghan women own a mobile phone provides a ripe opportunity to redress the literacy imbalance. And when the world’s largest tech incubator has opened an office in Kabul, you know it’s time to sit up and take notice.
(via Afghanistan’s IT Revolution | Fast forward | OZY)