China Development Bank (CDB) is going to invest in the Uzbek national operator “Uzmobile” establishing its GSM-network. For these purposes, in the years 2014-2017 the bank will allocate a loan worth $ 550 million the Uzbek government“This project has already been included in the public investment program”, – said the representative of the State Committee of communication, information and communication technologies (State Committee) of Uzbekistan. He said that the “Uzmobile” company plans to install 3.9 thousand base stations and 4 thousand sets of radio relay equipment with the license capacity of 8 million numbers.
Today in Uzbekistan there are two GSM-operators: OOO Unitel (holding company Vimpelcom Ltd) and OOO Coscom (Scandinavian TeliaSonera). Universal Mobile Systems, a joint venture with Russian MTS started its activities in the country in December. The market also has two CDMA-operator – JV Rubicon Wireless Communication and “UzMobile.”
As previously reported IA REGNUM, China became more active in Uzbekistan over the past two years; in ten years 2002-2012, China has invested in Uzbekistan $ 4.5 billion, by the end of the summit talks in 2013 and 2014 this figure had risen more than twice.