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NEWS AND EVENTS
October 19, 2006
NEC COMPLETES TELECOM, BROADCASTING PROJECT IN UZBEKISTAN
NEC Corporation (NEC) today announced that it has completed the second phase of a telecommunications and broadcasting yen-loan-financing project to improve and expand the country-wide telecommunications and broadcasting network in Uzbekistan.

This approximately 10 billion-yen project consists of the construction of a 3,487km-long fiber optical network with transmission systems and 41stations/ 89bases for TV broadcasting, covering the entire nation.

In the first phase of the project, completed in 2002, NEC installed the trunk line of a 2,500km-long fiber optical network linking the major cities of Uzbekistan with microwave communications system and public digital switching systems.

In the second phase, the trunk line was extended to neighboring towns and villages of the main cities and a circular optical network has been constructed linking four eastern cities of Tashkent. Simultaneously, the second phase also involved the construction of a new television broadcasting transmission network.

The completion of the project contributes to a significant improvement of both the telecommunications and broadcasting infrastructure in Uzbekistan.

When former Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, visited Uzbekistan on a diplomatic trip from the 29 -30 August, 2006, Uzbekistan\'s President, Mr. Islam Karimov, expressed the nations gratitude for Japan\'s yen-loan-financed projects. In particular, the Uzbek government praised the smooth completion of both phases of the telecommunications and broadcasting projects within the assigned period.

Ever since 1990, when NEC won the contract for satellite ground stations and international telecommunications switching systems for Uzbekistan, it has been actively working on provision of telecommunications equipment to Uzbekistan.

In 1997, NEC established a liaison office in Tashkent and also opened a Technical Center on the grounds of Tashkent University of Information Technologies for the maintenance of the telecommunications equipment and the training of local engineers and students. NEC has been deeply involved in Uzbekistan\'s telecommunications development in terms of both hardware and education for human resource.

NEC intends to further contribute to the improvement of telecommunications infrastructure in Uzbekistan, as well as in other central Asian countries.

NEC Corporation is one of the world\'s leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation.

The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and had net sales of approximately 4,825 billion yen (approx. US$41.2 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2006.


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