Uzbek mobile operators can switch to eight digit numbers
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 11
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbekistan`s mobile operators can upgrade to an eight digit number format for mobile subscribers in mid-2014, General Director of Unitel LLC, a subsidiary of JSC VimpelCom in Uzbekistan, Alexander Vorobyov told journalists on March 11.
"As far as I know, the programme will be launched from the middle of this year," he said.
The company has set high hopes on the eight-digit substitute of numbering capacity as it will improve the quality of communication, according to Vorobyov.
Earlier, the operator reported that its subscriber capacity utilisation reached 90 percent and in some regions of Uzbekistan the figure was 99 percent at the end of 2013 which makes it difficult to work on the improvement of the quality of communication and development of the service.
The State Committee for Communication, Informatization and Telecommunication Technologies of Uzbekistan confirmed that preparations are underway on the change of subscriber number format without clarification of the timing of commissioning the new format.
Investment made in the development of the network in Uzbekistan amounted to $227 million in 2013 which is 65 percent more than in 2012, according to the company. The number of the operator's subscribers increased by four percent in 2013 up to 10.5 million users at the beginning of 2014.
In 2006, VimpelCom completed the acquisition of Unitel from the international consortium led by the Greek Germanos SA, as well as purchased Uzbek GSM-operator Buztel, then joined their network. In March 2009, Unitel and fixed line operator Buzton ('daughter' Golden Telecom) started to provide commercial services under a single Beeline brand.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by S.M.