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PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
December 10, 2015
NUMBER OF INTERNET USERS IN UZBEKISTAN HAS EXCEEDED 12 MILLION
Over a third of Internet subscribers in Uzbekistan have been using broadband access (BBA), and their number has been steadily growing. The availability of this kind of telecommunications has become a mandatory requirement in the conditions of intensive introduction of information and communication technologies in all fields.

According to the latest data, the number of Internet users in Uzbekistan has exceeded 12 million, of which 3.7 million subscribers use broadband technologies. More than 3.3 million of broadband users are subscribers of mobile telephony, and 426,000 people use fixed Internet access.

These numbers vividly demonstrate the outcomes of interesting projects on the development of broadband networks and a variety of information resources that have been implemented throughout the country in recent years. The Program for the Development of Telecommunication Technologies, Networks and Infrastructure by 2020 has become another impulse for the development.

The Program has empowered expansion of transport networks at main intraregional and long-distance networks, construction of more than 4,100 kilometers of fiber-optic communication lines, installation of more than 2,000 base stations for the development of mobile broadband.

“We are not going to stop there. Given the fact that the number of users of mobile broadband is significantly higher than that of the fixed one, our main mission now is to ensure the quality of the mobile Internet we provide. Uzbek mobile operators Coscom, Unitel and Uzmobile have started introducing the mobile technology of the fourth generation 4G LTE in Tashkent, where the connection speed can reach 100 Mbit/s. It is planned to expand the coverage area of this technology across the country stage by stage,” commented Zokhidjon Ziyayev, a department chief at the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications.

In order to provide broadband telecommunication networks with equipment, joint ventures Telecom Innovations and Olive Telecom in Navoi FIEZ have launched the production of station and customer equipment to xDSL technology, as well as optical subscriber terminals Home Gateway, which allow providing IP-TV, IP-telephony, high-speed Internet and other services.

According to experts, fixed broadband access is most widespread in Tashkent region – 32,600 subscribers, Samarkand – 23,800, Fergana – 22,700, Bukhara – 22,400 subscribers.

More than 10 telecommunication operators in Uzbekistan have been actively introducing broadband access technologies via fiber-optic connections based on FTTx architecture for multi-storey residential houses and buildings. The technology makes it possible to receive a wide range of multimedia services.

The numbers are obviously far not sensational. Therefore, operators of the telecommunication market have been working on the increase of broadband access ports in the regions. The work has been carried out in accordance with the Target Program for the Development of Information and Communication Technologies for 2015-2019. It comprises nine big investment projects totaling $883.7 million.

That would increase the number of fixed broadband ports by 2.2 times, data rates up to 20 times, allow introducing more than 20 new types of services, including the most advanced ones. The integrated work has been implemented under the program of development of information and communication technologies, which was purposefully developed by domestic experts with the involvement of the leading international experts. There still much to do, says Zokhidjon Ziyaev, so we need to intensify efforts, introduce the latest technologies, keep up with the times and meet the expectations and needs of our customers.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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