Uzbekistan’s state provider Uzbektelecom claims to have made significant strides in its push to replace its copper communication networks with fibre-optic infrastructure.
According to CommsUpdate, within the first half of 2021 the network modernisation programme connected around 700,000 homes to fibre in the Samarkand region, including remote rural settlements as well as the larger cities of Farhod, Ingichka, Kattakurgan, Khishrav, Kimyogar and Samarkand itself.
Additionally, a further 700,000 homes in the Fergana region received coverage. This included 550 rural settlements as well as homes in the cities of Fergana, Kokand, Margilan and Quvasoy.
Uzbektelecom also noted that it has installed fibre-optic cables enabling the connection of 33,000 homes in the Andijan region and 35,000 homes in the Bukhara region. The operator is also providing free devices as part of a campaign to encourage adoption of new technology standards in rural communities.