Russia may help Uzbekistan develop internet services
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 12
By Nigar Guliyeva – Trend:
Russia's Rostelecom may help Uzbekistan expand its access to the internet through the network of the Russian national telecommunications operator, Uzbek media reported.
The parties discussed cooperation at a meeting of representatives of JSC Uzbektelecom with the delegation of PJSC Rostelecom in Tashkent.
The parties considered cooperation in providing internet services, organizing international transit channels, ensuring a reliable and uninterrupted functioning of organized communication channels.
The sides also mulled directions for expanding cooperation in various areas of telecommunication services.
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.
According to the Uzbek Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications, the total number of internet users in Uzbekistan in 2017 increased reaching 20 million people. Furthermore, the speed of internet access increased to 104 megabits per second by January 2018.