Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dec. 30
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The government of Uzbekistan increased the sum of a payment for use of subscriber number by legal entities, rendering mobile communication services (mobile communication companies) starting from January 1, 2016, said the presidential resolution "On forecast of main macroeconomic figures and parameters of the state budget of Uzbekistan for 2016."
According to the resolution, the mobile operators will pay 1,500 soums (UZS) a month per subscriber in 2016, which grew twice compared to 2015.
The official exchange rate for December 30 is 2809.98 UZS/$1.
The payment is paid for each subscriber, number of which determined at the end of each month. The government of Uzbekistan introduced the payment in 2012.
The funds received from the payment is directed to the State Budget of Uzbekistan (80 percent) and to the ministry for development information technologies and communication (20 percent) with further direction to financing investment programs and programs on information and development of telecommunication networks.
Today, the number of mobile subscribers in Uzbekistan is about 23 million.
Uzbekistan currently has five mobile operators - Unitel, Coscom (the subsidiary of the Scandinavian TeliaSonera, trademark Ucel), Rubicon Wireless Communications (RWC, trademark Perfectum Mobile), Uzbektelekom Mobile (Uzmobile) and the Uzbek-Russian company, the Universal Mobile Systems (UMS).