Tajik mobile operator Tacom has contracted China’s Huawei Technologies to supply GSM and W-CDMA mobile equipment for the expansion of its 2G network and the launch of 3G services. Huawei will initially supply ‘about 80’ GSM base stations, ‘several’ W-CDMA base stations and a switchboard, according to Tacom’s Russian parent Vimpelcom. Tacom holds licences to provide GSM-900/1800, CDMA-450 and AMPS services across Tajikistan, as well as the country’s third UMTS concession, which it received in September 2005. It plans to start constructing its 3G network by July. Tacom’s rivals Babilon-M and TT Mobile both launched commercial 3G services in 2005.