Communications in Uzbekistan

Communications in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistani Communications

Telephones - main lines in use: 1.821 million (2007)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 10.4 million (2008)

Telephone system: general assessment: antiquated and inadequate; in serious need of modernization domestic: the main line telecommunications system is dilapidated and telephone density is low; the state-owned telecommunications company, Uzbektelecom, is using loans from the Japanese government and the China Development Bank to improve mainline services; completion of conversion to digital exchanges planned for 2010; mobile services are growing rapidly, with the subscriber base reaching 10.4 million in 2008 international: country code - 998; linked by fiber-optic cable or microwave radio relay with CIS member states and to other countries by leased connection via the Moscow international gateway switch; after the completion of the Uzbek link to the Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) fiber-optic cable, Uzbekistan plans to establish a fiber-optic connection to Afghanistan (2008)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 4, FM 12, shortwave 3 (2008)

Television broadcast stations: 28 (includes 1 cable rebroadcaster in Tashkent and approximately 20 stations in regional capitals) (2006)

Internet country code: .uz

Internet Service Providers (ISPs):

Internet users: 2.1 million (2008)

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