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Uzbekistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

February 2021 | 88 pages | ID: U3936642A48DEN
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The Uzbekistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all relevant BuddeComm research data and analysis. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation. Please review the Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more details.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Uzbekistan proceeds with 2030 digital plan

For many years Uzbekistan has been struggling to bring its telecommunications system up to the standard found in developed countries. Over the last decade the situation has been improving gradually, and as a consequence there has been a positive trend in the country's telecom market, with increased investment in infrastructure, expanding subscriber bases and rising revenue. The support of the government, which has formulated a telecom sector policy through to 2030, will be key in the development of the country's needed infrastructure.

The fixed line market in Uzbekistan remains underdeveloped. A major reason for this is the dominance of the mobile segment, which has stymied fixed-line investment. The market is predicted to grow only moderately over the next five years.

Fixed broadband penetration also remains low, mainly due to the limited number of fixed lines and the preference for consumers to use the mobile platform for data services. Nevertheless, the highly competitive nature of the ISP market has resulted in lower access prices and the provision of flexible packages. The introduction of prepaid internet has also contributed to the rise in home internet usage. As a result, the market has grown strongly over the past five years, albeit from a low base.

Uzbekistan's mobile market is relatively underdeveloped by international standards, with only slow growth recorded over the last five years. During the next few years the market will be constrained from higher growth due to the cost of mobile services relative to the low income of most of the population.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. The telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments:
  • Wi-Fi services extended across much of Tashkent;
  • Government promotes telecom plan through to 2030;
  • Uzbekistan's relatively underdeveloped mobile market still under cost pressures;
  • MITC requests operators and vendors to share 5G plans, budgets and capacities;
  • Report update includes an assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, operator data to Q3 2020, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:

Uzbektelecom, UzMobile, Buzton, Buztel, East Telecom, Uzdunrobita, MTS-Uzbekistan, Universal Mobile Systems (UMS), Beeline (Unitel), UCell (Coscom), Vimpelcom.
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL CENTRAL ASIAN MARKET COMPARISON

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

5.1 Market overview and analysis

6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Historical overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications (MITC)
6.4 Spectrum
6.5 Broadband strategy
6.6 Pricing
6.7 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

7 MOBILE MARKET

7.1 Mobile statistics
7.2 Mobile broadband
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Broadband statistics
8.2 ISPs/fixed broadband operators
8.3 Other fixed broadband services

9 DIGITAL ECONOMY

9.1 e-Commerce
9.2 e-Government

10 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS IN UZBEKISTAN

10.1 Uzbektelecom
10.2 East Telecom

11 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 Fixed line statistics
11.2 Fibre cables
11.3 International infrastructure

12 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

13 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

14 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Uzbekistan 2020 (e)
Table 2 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 3 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 4 Mobile operators and systems
Table 5 Mobile operators subscribers and market share 2019
Table 6 Change in the number of Beeline Uzbekistan's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 7 Development of Beeline Uzbekistan's revenue 2013 2020
Table 8 Development of Beeline Uzbekistan's capex 2015 2020
Table 9 Development of Beeline Uzbekistan's ARPU 2015 2020
Table 10 UzMobile - mobile subscribers 2017 2019
Table 11 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 12 Percentage of households with internet access at home 2010 2019
Table 13 International internet bandwidth 2010 2019
Table 14 Lit/Equipped international bandwidth capacity 2014 2019
Table 15 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2010 2019
Table 16 Historic - DSL broadband subscribers 2003 2014
Table 17 Historic Fixed-line subscribers and penetration 1991 2009
Table 18 Historic - Unitel's fixed broadband ARPU 2010 2015
Table 19 Historic - VoIP subscribers 2012 2015
Table 20 Historic - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 1995 2008
Table 21 Historic - MTS (Uzdunrobita) mobile subscribers 1998 2012
Table 22 Historic - UMS mobile subscribers 2014 2015
Table 23 Historic - UCell (Coscom) mobile subscribers and market share 2006 2015
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Telecoms Maturity Index Central Asia
Chart 4 Growth in the number of mobile Subscribers and penetration) 2010 2025
Chart 5 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 6 Change in the number of Beeline Uzbekistan's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 7 Change in the number of Beeline Uzbekistan's mobile subscribers 2010 2017
Chart 8 Development of Beeline Uzbekistan's capex 2015 2020
Chart 9 Development of Beeline Uzbekistan's ARPU 2015 2020
Chart 10 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 11 Percentage of households with internet access at home 2010 2019
Exhibit 2 Central Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country


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