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SCORE! ARIANA TELEVISION TO BROADCAST 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIATM FOOTBALL ATN Selected As Afghanistan’s Official Broadcaster Of 2018 World Cup Tournament For Second Consecutive Time

Kabul, Afghanistan—May 4, 2018—Ariana Television Network (ATN) (www.arianatelevision.com), Afghanistan’s premier broadcaster of award-winning television and radio programming to 25,000,000 Afghans, announced today that The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Football’s international governing body, has named ATN as Official Broadcaster for the 2018 FIFA World CupTM for the country of Afghanistan.  FIFA has granted ATN the exclusive Media Rights License to broadcast the competition, by means of cable, satellite, and terrestrial transmission in Afghanistan.

ATN’s selection by FIFA as its World CupTM media partner marks the second consecutive time that FIFA has designated ATN as Afghanistan’s only authorized broadcaster of World Cup Football.

Russia is the host nation for 2018’s World Cup Competition. ATN’s audience of more than 25,000,000 viewers, will be spectators to some of the world’s most exciting and fiercely competitive football, hosted in cities throughout Russia, including: Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad
Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-On-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Saint Petersburg
and Volgograd.

“FIFA’s selection of ATN as its World Cup Broadcast Partner—for the second time—proves beyond any doubt that ATN is Afghanistan’s leading network,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group. “Afghans love football, and we are proud to once again bring this competition among the world’s  best national football teams to our viewing audience so that all Afghans can collectively enjoy the skills, teamwork, and spirit of fair play that characterizes World CupTM.”

About ATN:

Launched in 2005 by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), ARIANA Television (ATN) and Radio Ariana 93.5 are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 20,000,000 Afghans.

Focusing on information, content and entertainment that rekindles Afghanistan’s traditions and culture, ATN’s programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and we take great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to our audience.

ATN provides the Afghan Nation with a “Window for a Better Tomorrow”, by exposing our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture and expanding opportunities for Afghan writers, producers, actors, and directors. Along with our affiliated enterprises – The Afghan Wireless Communication Company – and The Bayat Family Foundation, we employ and train more than 6,500 Afghans throughout the country and we are proud to have Afghans building and broadcasting ATN / Ariana 93.5 for all of Afghanistan.

DR. EHSANOLLAH BAYAT, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BAYAT GROUP RECEIVES ANNUAL LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM AFGHAN-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Kabul, Afghanistan—May 3, 2018—The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Afghanistan’s largest private company and employer, whose divisions include market-leaders Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com), Ariana Television, (www.arianatelevision.com), ATN News (www.ariananews.af), Bayat Energy (www.bayat-energy) and other enterprises, announced today that Bayat Group Founder and Chairman Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, is the recipient of the Annual Leadership Award from The Afghan American Chamber of Commerce (AACC).

The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to championing investment in Afghanistan and promoting strong and supportive relationships between Afghan and American business leaders. The AACC bestowed its Annual Leadership Award—the organization’s highest honor—upon Dr. Bayat in recognition of his powerful and innovative leadership in helping build a modern Afghan economy.

The Bayat Group is Afghanistan’s largest employer, providing jobs to approximately 100,000 Afghans.  Its operating subsidiaries include Afghan Wireless—The Bayat Group’s founding company—which launched Afghanistan’s wireless sector; Bayat Power, the nation’s leading gas-to-power generation company; Ariana Television and Radio; and the Bayat Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to nourishing the lives of at risk Afghan families and children.

“I accept the AACC’s Annual Leadership Award with tremendous gratitude,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Founder and Chairman of The Bayat Group. “The Bayat Group invests and builds in Afghanistan—we have a workforce that is 99 percent Afghan—because we want Afghans to live better lives,” Dr. Bayat said.

About The Bayat Group

Founded by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), is Afghanistan’s most prominent diversified services company, comprising Media and Telecoms (Afghan Wireless, Ariana TV/Radio), Energy and Mining (Bayat Energy), Construction, Security and Logistics Enterprises. A leader of Afghan-based economic development, The Bayat Group provides employment to more than 6,000 Afghans through its direct operations and employs more than 100,000 other Afghan citizens through its ecosystem of dealers and vendors.

BAYAT GROUP FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN DR. EHSAN BAYAT DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO AFGHAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE

Championing Private Sector Growth and Innovation Were Primary Themes of April 25th Address Delivered By Afghanistan’s Leading Business Executive and Philanthropist

Kabul, Afghanistan—May 1, 2018—The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Afghanistan’s largest private company and employer, whose divisions include market-leaders Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com), Ariana Television, (www.arianatelevision.com), ATN News (www.ariananews.af), Bayat Energy (www.bayat-energy) and other enterprises, announced today that Bayat Group Founder and Chairman Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, delivered the keynote address at the annual Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)  Business Conference, which was held from April 24-26 2018, in Washington, DC.  Dr. Bayat will delivered the event’s keynote remarks on April 25, 2018.

Addressing a highly select delegation of Afghan and American corporate executives, emerging entrepreneurs and high-ranking government officials, Dr. Bayat’s speech presented his ideas for developing an Afghan economy that can provide prosperity and opportunity to all the nation’s citizens.

Dr. Bayat’s speech also described The Bayat Group’s innovative and transformative role within Telecommunications, Energy and other vital sectors of Afghanistan’s economy. Examples of the Company’s innovation include:

  • 2017’s launch by Afghan Wireless, of Afghanistan’s first 4G LTE network;
  • Bayat Power’s recently approved construction of Bayat Power-1, phase 1 of a three-phase 200 MW power plant, which is Afghanistan’s first new gas to energy power plant in over forty years.

In addition to Dr. Bayat’s keynote address, Bayat Group senior executives took leadership roles on panel discussions which examined the development of Afghanistan’s Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector, and increasing investment opportunities within the nation’s Energy and Infrastructure sectors.

“The AACC Conference is one of the world’s most important venues for bringing together business executives, government officials and other key leaders who have the ideas, capacity,

capital—and determination—to move Afghanistan forward,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Founder and Chairman of The Bayat Group.

“I’m honored to have delivered the AACC keynote address and I’m proud of the contributions made by The Bayat Group and The Bayat Foundation in Afghanistan, which have provided jobs, opportunity and hope to millions of Afghans.”

About Bayat Group

Founded by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), is Afghanistan’s most prominent diversified services company, comprising Media and Telecoms (Afghan Wireless, Ariana TV/Radio), Energy and Mining (Bayat Energy), Construction, Security and Logistics Enterprises. A leader of Afghan-based economic development, The Bayat Group provides employment to more than 6,000 Afghans through its direct operations and employs more than 100,000 other Afghan citizens through its ecosystem of dealers and vendors.

BAYAT POWER ANNOUNCES THREE-PHASE US$250M INVESTMENT PROGRAM TO ACCELERATE AFGHANISTAN’S GAS-FIRED POWER INDUSTRY

Afghan-Owned Energy Company Leads Transformational Effort To Foster Nation’s Energy Independence

Kabul, Afghanistan—October 3, 2016—Bayat Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayat Energy (www.bayat-energy.com), an Afghan-owned, independent energy exploration, development and production company executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan today to enter into a partnership with Bayat Power for its three-phase, US$ 250M Independent Power Producer (IPP) investment program.

The program’s first phase – Bayat Power 1 – is a 100% equity financed power plant to be located in Sheberghan, capital of Jawzjan Province which will have a 52MW capacity.  Subsequent phases will scale to more than 200MW of capacity, utilizing advanced aeroderivative technology.  The fully completed gas-fired power plant will be able to generate in excess of 200 MW of power and is expected to have an operational life of at least twenty-years.

“This project — the first privately financed gas-fired power plant in Afghanistan’s history — will harness the rich and plentiful gas resources available in the Sheberghan/Yatimtaq Region to help kick-start Afghanistan’s journey towards energy independence, help restore our domestic gas-to-power industry and develop our nation’s economy,”  Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, Chairman of Bayat Power stated.  “We look forward to working with the Afghan government, our technical partners, and most importantly, our fellow citizens, in our mission to create jobs and opportunities which benefit the entire nation.”

The MoU — approved during a meeting of Afghanistan’s Economic Council chaired by His Excellency, President Ashraf Ghani, on Sunday, October 2nd — was signed by Dr. Bayat and Eng. Ali Ahmad Osmani, Minister of Energy and Water, in the presence of His Excellency President Ghani and Economic Council members on Monday, October 3rd.

About Bayat Energy:

Bayat Energy is Afghanistan’s leading Afghan Owned Oil and Gas exploration, Development and Production Company. Founded by Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Bayat Energy is a division of The Bayat Group of companies, which include Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com) Ariana Television and Radio (www.arianatelevsion.com), and additional Construction, Consumer and Logistics Enterprises. Learn more about how Bayat Energy is building an Afghan energy industry which will provide affordable, accessible to the Afghan people by visiting our website: www.bayat-energy.com

ARIANA TELEVISION SCORES AGAIN WITH ENGLISH PREMIERE LEAGUE FOOTBALL ATN Selected By The English Premiere League As Afghanistan’s Exclusive Broadcaster of EPL Games

Kabul, Afghanistan—September 27, 2016—Ariana Television Network (ATN)
(www.arianatelevision.com), Afghanistan’s premier broadcaster of award-winning television and radio programming to 25,000,000 Afghans, announced today that the network had acquired the excusive broadcast rights, in Afghanistan, for English Premiere League Football.

ATN and EPL’s exclusive and much admired partnership debuted on September 24, 2016, with the broadcast of Manchester United vs. Leicester and Arsenal vs. Chelsea. Upcoming EPL Matches that will be broadcast on ATN include the October 1st contest of Swansea vs. Liverpool. The complete broadcast schedule of English Premiere League matches that will appear on ATN can be accessed at http://afghan-wireless.com/about-us/epl-schedule/

“ATN is the only broadcast network in Afghanistan where viewers can watch the best of both English Premiere League and FIFA Football,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Chairman of The Bayat Group and the Founder of ATN. “We’re proud to give Afghans the opportunity to watch ATN and cheer on their favorite teams.”

About ATN:
Launched in 2005 by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), ARIANA Television (ATN) and Radio Ariana 93.5 are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 20,000,000 Afghans.

Focusing on information, content and entertainment that rekindles Afghanistan’s traditions and culture, ATN’s programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and we take great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to our audience.

ATN provides the Afghan Nation with a “Window for a Better Tomorrow”, by exposing our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture and expanding opportunities for Afghan writers, producers, actors, and directors. Along with our affiliated enterprises – The Afghan Wireless Communication Company – and The Bayat Family Foundation, we employ and train more than 6,500 Afghans throughout the country and we are proud to have Afghans building and broadcasting ATN / Ariana 93.5 for all of Afghanistan.

Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, Founder And Chairman Of The Bayat Group To Receive 2016 Alumni Achievement Award From The New Jersey Institute Of Technology

Founder of Afghan Wireless, Ariana Television and Radio, Bayat Energy and The Bayat Foundation Honored For Transformative Contributions to Afghanistan’s Economic and Social Development

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., May 23, 2016The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Afghanistan’s largest private Communications, Media and Energy Company, announced today that the Company’s Founder and Chairman, Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, will receive the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award from The New Jersey Institute of Technology (www.njit.edu), one of America’s most prestigious Polytechnic Universities, which is also ranked among the top 25 Public Colleges in the United States.

The NJIT Alumni Achievement Award recognizes members of the NJIT community who have made exceptional contributions in the areas of Social, Educational and Technical projects. Dr. Bayat, a proud alumnus of NJIT’s Class of 1986, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.

“I am honored to receive NJIT’s 2016 Alumni Achievement Award,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat. “My studies at NJIT helped transform my curiosity about wireless communications and technology into an amazing and rewarding career through which I have been able to serve millions of people across Afghanistan. I truly have had the opportunity to apply technology to connect, benefit, and engage with a nation – and the world itself – and I will always be grateful for the opportunity that my degree from NJIT has given me to build a successful Company.”

The Bayat Group of Companies, led by Dr. Bayat, has contributed powerful, positive and permanent progress to the economic and social development of all Afghans. For example, Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com), the nation’s first wireless company, provides world-class communications services to more than 4,000,000 subscribers across all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Broadcast programming from Ariana Television and Radio (www.arianatelevision.com), Afghanistan’s largest private media group, reaches an audience of more than 20,000,000 Afghans. Hospitals established by the Bayat Foundation (www.bayatfoundation.org) have provided life saving healthcare to 1,500,000 Afghan women and children, and brought the gift of hearing to more than 2,000 hearing impaired Afghan children through its annual hearing aid missions.

NJIT conferred the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award to Dr. Bayat and other 2016 Award Recipients at a ceremony on NJIT’s Newark, NJ Campus on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 5:00PM.

ABOUT THE BAYAT GROUP:

The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), is Afghanistan’s largest private diversified services company, comprising Media and Telecoms (Afghan Wireless, Ariana TV and Radio); Energy and Mining (Bayat Energy); and Construction. The Bayat Foundation (www.bayatfoundation.org) is also amongst the most active and generous private charitable organizations in the nation. The Bayat Group’s diverse and successful activities within Afghanistan illustrate the Company’s deep commitment to Afghanistan’s economic growth and progress. As the nation’s largest private employer, The Bayat Group employs nearly 6,000 Afghans directly, and indirectly provides employment to more than 100,000 Afghan citizens through the strategic relationships the Company enjoys with its ecosystem of Afghan based dealers and vendors.

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