The Costs of Expanding Cell Phone Coverage in Afghanistan

Increasing cell phone coverage for U.S. service members in Afghanistan has a number of benefits. Increased cell phone coverage allows Afghan security forces to call for help and receive situation updates. Afghans can use cell phones to conduct business, such as receiving wages electronically or using banking services. It also helps prevent IED attacks. But what are the costs of increased cell phone coverage for Afghan security forces? Here are three reasons why cell phone coverage is beneficial.

Imitation of a U.S. service member

The military engagement in Afghanistan began following the September 11 attacks, when the Taliban refused to hand over the elusive Osama bin Laden. The effort was a success, but the Taliban paid a high price: bin Laden escaped to Pakistan, where he met his fate ten years later. President George W. Bush decided to invade Afghanistan, and he did so to protect American citizens. Since then, Afghanistan has been a hotbed of foreign invasion, dealing death to Americans and foreigners alike.

Interdiction of cell phone service

There are numerous benefits to expanding cell phone service for soldiers in Afghanistan, but one of them is the ability to conduct business. For instance, cell phone coverage in Afghan villages will allow soldiers to conduct banking operations and tip lines, which are crucial for security operations. Afghan citizens can also use cell phones to get their wages and receive news updates about the situation in their area. Furthermore, the Afghan government can conduct more business and communicate with citizens electronically.

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Impact of cell phone use on crime

As the world continues to become more connected, the impact of cell phone use on soldiers in Afghanistan is likely to evolve. Official policies for soldiers using cell phones will continue to change, as deployment locations vary and our expectations for connectedness increase. While cell phones are notoriously insecure, some armies are allowing soldiers to use them. Others are preventing them entirely, and the question remains: what is the impact on soldiers?

Impact of cell phone use on women

The study aimed to assess Afghan women’s perceptions of the use of mobile phones in relation to child and maternal health, which may provide context for future mHealth initiatives. Data was collected in 22 districts, most of which are rural, with one urban district (Jalalabad City) being a mixed zone. Twenty percent of women said they had never used a mobile phone. Of the other twenty percent, nine said they never used one. Women living in rural areas and in urban areas also reported poverty.

Impact of cell phone use on the poor

Afghan telecommunications have faced unprecedented problems due to the war in neighboring Pakistan. The country’s telecommunications industry was once a bright spot, but is now facing unsustainable losses. The Taliban, for example, has begun targeting the country’s cell phone coverage systems. The Taliban is trying to prevent people from using cell phones for economic activity. But this is unlikely to happen in the near future.