After signing an agreement with the Afghan government on Tuesday, Etisalat Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates or UAE based telecommunications service provider, will launch the country’s first trial 4G network.

The announcement comes just one year after Etisalat Afghanistan obtained their 3G license.

“The trial of 4G technology in Afghanistan is an important event for us,” said Ahmad Hussaini, head of Etisalat Afghanistan. “The 4G services enable GSM users to have access to fast internet on their mobile phones, connect to live video calls, exchange video, music and photos.”

The 4G service is five time faster and better than Etisalat’s 3G technology, added Hussaini.

However, the vast majority of Afghans – only 4 percent according to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology – do not have access to internet services, particularly those people living in remote provinces.

There are currently five private telecom companies operating in Afghanistan.

Etisalat Afghanistan, part of the UAE-based Etisalat Group, also operates in Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia.