Tcell expands LTE to Kulyab

16 Nov 2018

Tajikistan’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Tcell, has expanded its commercial 4G LTE network services to Kulyab, a city of around 100,000 people in Khatlon Province, 200km south-east of the capital Dushanbe. Tcell’s press release notes that is the first operator to provide LTE in Kulyab, and claims that its network has near-complete coverage of the city from launch, providing mobile data speeds ‘up to 50Mbps’.

Tcell, which is owned by Aga Khan Foundation for Economic Development (AKFED), launched LTE services in April 2014 and today claims to have the widest 4G coverage in Tajikistan, having reached seven major cities (Dushanbe, Khujand, Tursunzade, Chkalovsk, Qairoqqum, Gafurov, Kurgan-Tyube) plus several other towns by the end of 2017, according to TeleGeography. In the second half of 2018 Tcell expanded the LTE network to three other cities ahead of its Kulyab launch, namely: Dangara (also in the southern/southwestern Khatlon province), Rogun (in the central Regions of Republican Subordination [RRS] province) and Khorog (in the eastern/south-central Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region), and says that it seeks to continue developing the network in hard-to-reach regions.

Tajikistan, Tcell