The U.S. Army’s top officer said the Afghan government is buying 100 new fiber optic fiber optic transceivers to help it improve the countrys telecommunications infrastructure.
The new radios are meant to be used by the Afghan National Security Forces, which is part of the Afghan Army.
The Defense Department said the radios were acquired as part of an effort to help the Afghan military improve its network infrastructure.
The radios will be delivered to the Afghan army by the end of this year, a Pentagon spokesman said.
The service’s military police said it will use the radios to improve its communications infrastructure.
The radios, which cost between $10,000 and $20,000 each, are capable of receiving more than 1,000 megabits per second.
Fiber optic transmissions are also needed to link the Afghan security forces to the U.N. and other organizations, a requirement that was met when the Afghan forces signed a pact in 2013.
Afghan security forces are still struggling to access the Internet, a problem that was exacerbated by the Taliban’s takeover of the capital Kabul in 2001.
“Afghanistan is a country of extreme poverty, and there is no way to provide a service for our people at a level that will be able to meet the needs of their people,” Lt.
Gen. Abdul Rahim Gul, deputy chief of the army’s communications command, said during a briefing on Monday.