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Uzbekistan Communication
Telephones - main lines in use:
1,717,100 (2003)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
320,800 (2003)
Telephone system:
general assessment: antiquated and inadequate; in serious need of modernization
domestic: the domestic telephone system is being expanded and technologically improved, particularly in Tashkent (Toshkent) and Samarqand, under contracts with prominent companies in industrialized countries; moreover, by 1998, six cellular networks had been placed in operation - four of the GSM type (Global System for Mobile Communication), one D-AMPS type (Digital Advanced Mobile Phone System), and one AMPS type (Advanced Mobile Phone System)
international: country code - 998; linked by landline or microwave radio relay with CIS member states and to other countries by leased connection via the Moscow international gateway switch; after the completion of the Uzbek link to the Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) fiber-optic cable, Uzbekistan will be independent of Russian facilities for international communications; Inmarsat also provides an international connection, albeit an expensive one; satellite earth stations - NA (1998)
Radios:
10.8 million (1997)
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 20, FM 7, shortwave 10 (1998)
Televisions:
6.4 million (1997)
Television broadcast stations:
4 (plus two repeaters that relay Russian programs), 1 cable rebroadcaster in Tashkent; approximately 20 stations in regional capitals (2003)
Internet country code:
.uz
Internet hosts:
1,040 (2003)
Internet users:
492,000 (2003)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
42 (2000)
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