Coscom fails to get service back up

21 Feb 2007

Prime-Tass is reporting that Coscom, Uzbekistan’s third largest mobile operator, has been unable to fully resume service after a licence suspension. The country’s Communications and IT Agency suspended Coscom’s mobile licence for ten days on 6 February citing violations of its licence agreement, specifically that it failed to inform the regulator of network malfunctions that occurred in late January. Although the regulator allowed Coscom to resume services on 16 February, Uzbektelecom and East Telecom, which both lease telecoms capacity to the operator, have yet to recommence provision. As a result Coscom’s users in Tashkent and Samarkand, Uzbekistan’s two largest cities, cannot connect with other cellcos, with the exception of Unitel. Uzbektelecom and East Telecom are reported to have said they have not yet received confirmation from the regulator that Coscom’s licence was revalidated.

Coscom reportedly had 378,000 users before its licence suspension.

Uzbekistan, Ucell (Coscom)