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Uzbekistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Sep 2018

Category :

Telecommunications

No. of Pages : 44 Pages

Uzbekistan’s fixed broadband markets continues to climb
For many years Uzbekistan has been struggling to bring its telecommunications system up to the standard found in developed countries. Over the last two decades the situation has been gradually transforming. Consequently, over the past decade there has been a positive trend in the country’s telecom market, with increased investment in infrastructure, expanding subscriber bases and rising revenues.

The fixed line market in Uzbekistan remains underdeveloped. A major reason for this is due to the dominance of the mobile segment. The market is predicted to grow moderately to slowly over the next five years to 2023.

In 2018 Uztelecom and Kyrgyzstan ISP Elkat deployed a cross-border link connecting their networks.

Fixed broadband penetration in Uzbekistan remains low mainly due to a limited number of fixed lines and the dominance of the mobile platform. The highly competitive nature of the ISP market had resulted in a fall in access prices and the provision of flexible packages. The introduction of prepaid internet has also contributed to the rise in home internet usage. However, the market has grown exceptionally strongly over the past five years. Over the next five years to 2023 strong growth is expected to continue driven by rising fixed line penetration.

In 2018 a cooperation agreement was forged to develop new business segments including smart cities, blockchain technology and IoT projects, as well as testing and implementing 5G technologies.

Uzbekistan’s mobile market is relatively underdeveloped on international comparison and has experienced slow to moderate growth over the last five years. Moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to strong local competition and a maturing market.

Uzbekistan has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years with market penetration driven by a rising level of mobile subscribers and mobile data however, the mobile broadband market is still at an early stage of development. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023.

Key developments:

  • Plans were announced plans to deploy a Wi-Fi hotspot in the city of Tashkent.
  • A cooperation agreement was forged to develop new business segments including smart cities.
  • Fixed broadband penetration in Uzbekistan remains low. Over the next five years strong growth is expected to continue driven by rising fixed line penetration.
  • Uzbekistan’s mobile market is relatively underdeveloped and has experienced slow to moderate growth over the last five years.
  • Uzbekistan has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years.

Table of Contents

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

3.1 World Trade Organization (WTO)
3.2 Corruption

4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison

5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Ministry of Development of Information Technologies and Communications (MDITC)
5.4 Spectrum
5.5 Broadband strategy
5.6 Pricing
5.7 Government Restrictions

6. Fixed network operators in Uzbekistan
6.1 Uzbektelecom
6.2 East Telecom

7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Fixed Line Statistics and Market Forecast
7.2 Fibre optic cables
7.3 International infrastructure
7.3.1 Satellites
7.3.2 TAE cable

8. Fixed broadband market
8.1 Control of the internet
8.2 Broadband Statistics and Market Forecast
8.3 ISPs/fixed broadband operators
8.4 Other fixed broadband services
8.4.1 Wi-Fi
8.4.2 WiMAX
8.5 VoIP

9. Mobile communications
9.1 Background
9.2 Mobile Statistics and Market Forecast
9.3 Mobile Broadband and Market Forecast

10. Mobile Infrastructure
10.1 5G

11. Major mobile operators
11.1 Operator Statistics
11.2 Universal Mobile Systems (UMS)
11.3 Beeline Uzbekistan
11.4 UCell
11.5 UzMobile
11.6 Other mobile operators
11.6.1 Historic - MTS (Uzdunrobita)
11.6.2 Uzmacom
11.6.3 Buztel
11.6.4 Perfectum Mobile

12. Digital economy
12.1 e-Commerce
12.2 e-Government

13. Related reports

List of Table

Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
Table 2 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 3 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 - 2023
Table 4 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2018
Table 5 – Historic – Fixed-line subscribers and Penetration – 1991 - 2006
Table 6 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2023
Table 7 – Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2006
Table 8 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 - 2018
Table 9 – Historic - Internet users and Penetration – 1999 - 2006
Table 10 – Historic - DSL broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2016
Table 11 – Historic - FTTH broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2016
Table 12 – International internet bandwidth – 2001 - 2018
Table 13 – Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity – 2014 - 2018
Table 14 – Historic - Unitel fixed broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2015
Table 15 – Historic - Unitel’s fixed broadband ARPU – 2011 - 2015
Table 16 – Historic - VoIP subscribers – 2012 - 2015
Table 17 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2023
Table 18 – Historic - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 1995 – 2006
Table 19 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2023
Table 20 – Mobile operators and systems
Table 21 – Mobile operators – Subscribers and Market Share – 2018
Table 22 - UMS mobile subscribers – 2014 – 2018
Table 23 – Beeline mobile subscribers – 1998 - 2018
Table 24 – Unitel (Beeline) mobile ARPU – 2006 – 2016
Table 25 – UCell (Coscom) mobile subscribers and market share – 2006 – 2018
Table 26 – Uzmobile - mobile subscribers – 2017 - 2018
Table 27 – Historic - MTS (Uzdunrobita) mobile subscribers – 1998 – 2012

List of Chart

Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2018; 2023
Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 3 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 4 –Telecoms Maturity Index – Central Asia
Chart 5 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2023
Chart 6 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2008 - 2023
Chart 7 – Percentage of Households with Internet Access at Home - 2007 - 2018
Chart 8 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 - 2023
Chart 9 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2023
Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 – Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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