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Thursday 27 July, 2006

Investcom LLC

Afghanistan launch

Investcom LLC
27 July 2006


               Investcom launches GSM service in Afghanistan

July 27, 2006 - Investcom, which was recently acquired by South Africa-based MTN
Group, announced the commercial launch of GSM mobile telecommunications services
in Afghanistan over the past weekend.

The state-of-the-art GSM network covers Kabul, Mazar, Kunduz and Jalalabad and
will soon expand to other cities across Afghanistan.

Investcom subsidiary, Areeba Afghanistan, was awarded a 15-year license in
September 2005 and is the third mobile operator in Afghanistan. With mobile
penetration currently at around 3% in a country of approximately 30 million
people, there is a high demand for telecommunications services in Afghanistan.

'We are very excited to have launched GSM mobile telecommunications services
after several months of preparation. Investcom is committed to providing the
Afghan market with a quality network as well as cutting edge products and
services that are world class and affordable,' said the Project Director in
Afghanistan, Mohamad Toufic Ramadan.

Areeba Afghanistan is one of 10 Investcom operations, situated in Africa and the
Middle East.


For more information please contact:


Elie Bardawil on +377 97 77 60 85 or [email protected]

About Investcom:

Investcom LLC ( is an international provider of mobile
telecommunications services with operations in ten countries in the Middle East,
Africa and Europe.  The company operates GSM networks, mostly under the AreebaTM
brand, in Syria, Ghana, Yemen, Benin, Liberia, Cyprus, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea,
Sudan and Afghanistan. As of December 2005, Investcom provided services to 4.9
million mobile subscribers.

The company also provides international carrier services, principally through
its operations in Monaco, fixed telephony services in the United Kingdom and
telecommunications engineering and consulting services.

About the MTN Group:

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group,
operating in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed
on the JSE Securities Exchange under the share code: 'MTN'. As at 31 March 2006,
MTN recorded more than 28 million subscribers across its operations, including
those of the newly acquired Investcom LLC. In August 2006, the MTN Group expects
to launch commercial operations in Iran, following the successful purchase of a
49% shareholding in Irancell.

The MTN Group operates in Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Republic
of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda and
Zambia. The acquisition of Investcom adds the following countries of operation
to MTN's portfolio - Afghanistan, Benin, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea
Republic, Liberia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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