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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) (, 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 (, 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.

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Siemens SGT-A45, The World’s Most Advanced Gas Turbine, Will Form Core Of Bayat Power-1, And Produce Electricity For 200,000 Afghan Homes and Businesses

Kabul, Afghanistan—April 15, 2019—Bayat Power, the power generation division of Bayat Energy (, Afghanistan’s largest Afghan-owned Energy Exploration, Development and Production Company, announced today that the Company has achieved a crucial milestone in its mission to provide affordable and reliable electric power to all Afghans, with the Company’s acquisition and shipment of the Siemens SGT-A45 Mobile Turbine, the world’s most advanced gas to electricity power generation solution.

The Siemens SGT-A45—made in Houston, Texas by Siemens USA —can generate up to 41 megawatts (MW) of power at 50 HZ. The Siemens SGT-A45 forms the core of the first phase of Bayat Power-1, Bayat Power’s Gas to Electricity power plant, located in Northern Afghanistan.

Bayat Power’s acquisition of the Siemens SGT-A45—a powerful symbol of the Afghan-American partnership, which is rebuilding Afghanistan’s power sector while also creating jobs in America—was commemorated at a ceremony attended by high level representatives including:

  • H. E. Roya Rahmani, Afghan Ambassador to the United States
  • Karen L. Freeman, Assistant to the Administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, USAID
  • Dr. Ehsan Bayat, CEO of Bayat Power and Founder, The Bayat Group
  • Dan Simpson, Executive Vice President Global Solutions, Siemens USA
  • Richard Wolf, President and CEO, Relevant Power Solutions, LLC

“As the representative of The Government of Afghanistan, I want to thank Dr. Ehsan Bayat and Bayat Power; as well as the Siemens/RPS team for being our partners in the quest to develop Afghanistan’s vast energy resources,” said H.E. Roya Rahmani, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States.

“Bayat Power is proud to be the very first power company in the world to operate the Siemens SGT-A45 Mobile Turbine—and to harness its unmatched power production capabilities in service to the Afghan nation,” said Dr. Ehsan Bayat, CEO of Bayat Power and the Chairman of The Bayat Group.  “This project and the Siemens SGT-A45 fast power solution will form the foundation upon which we will create thousands of jobs and provide the essential electricity required to create jobs, companies, and entire industries in Afghanistan.”

This first phase of Bayat Power-1 is scheduled to become operational in late summer 2019 and generate enough electricity for 200,000 Afghan homes and businesses. When all three phases of Bayat Power-1 are completed, the plant will generate 200 megawatts of power, enough electricity to serve millions of Afghan residential and commercial users.

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 (, Bayat Energy is a division of The Bayat Group of companies, which include Afghan Wireless ( Ariana Television and Radio (, 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:

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