Tajikistani mobile operator Indigo Somoncom has contracted Motorola to expand its GSM network under a three-year framework agreement. A portion of the equipment purchase price will be financed by Motorola. The network expansion will enhance Somoncom’s service quality and coverage, as well as increase capacity. Motorola will deploy its Reach GSM infrastructure, including its Horizon II 900/1800MHz base stations, which support both GPRS and a future migration to EDGE.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Somoncom, a subsidiary of MCT Corporation of the US, was awarded its GSM licence in 1998 and launched Tejikistan’s second mobile network two years later. It claims to have the largest network coverage area in northern Tajikistan, including the regional capital of Khujand and all major population centers, including the remote Pendjikent region, as well as to mountainous areas along Tajikistan’s north-south highway. At the end of 2005 it was the country’s third largest cellco with around 60,000 subscribers and an estimated market share of 19%.