Uzbekistan connecting to new foreign internet channels
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.11
By Nigar Guliyeva – Trend:
Uzbekistan will connect to new external internet channels to increase speed four times and lower prices for access to the network, Deputy Minister of Information Technologies and Communications Development Olimzhon Umarov said during a briefing on Jan.11.
He said that the high price of access to the internet is due to the lack of a competitive environment.
"The president set the task of establishing an additional alternative channel. Now we are working on the issue [of its organization] through the southern direction - Turkmenistan and Iran, Kyrgyzstan and China," Umarov said.
By late 2018, it is planned to sign agreements on the sale and lease of channels with national operators of selected countries.
"This does not mean that we will abandon the northern direction; we will simply open additional channels that will be able to cover the needs of the population," the deputy minister said.
Preservation of the existing and connection of new channels will allow not only to increase the speed, but to reduce prices by creating a competitive environment, said Umarov.
Earlier, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev instructed to increase the speed of connection to the internet by at least four times and significantly reduce the prices for using internet traffic.
Now, Uzbekistan is dependent upon the northern internet channel, passing through Kazakhstan and Russia. Access to the global network in the country remains one of the worst in the world. This concerns the price, traffic, time of loading pages and reliability of internet connections.