MegaFon Tajikistan – the country’s third largest cellco by subscribers – has announced the completion of a project ‘significantly expanding’ 4G LTE mobile network coverage in all regions of the country, involving the upgrade of more than 150 base stations since the start of the year and introducing LTE in three additional cities and five districts. The Russian-backed operator confirmed in its website announcement that its 4G network now covers a total of 23 cities, regional centres and other municipalities in Tajikistan.
The upgrade project also involved modernising MegaFon’s 2G/3G/4G network in areas of the capital Dushanbe and tourist locations, adding new base stations, raising capacity and optimally configuring the network to serve more subscribers in such areas, whilst also modernising more than 100 3G sites in locations across all four of Tajikistan’s provinces (outside Dushanbe) – Khatlon (south/south-west); Regions of Republican Subordination (RRS, central); Sughd (north/north-west); and Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (encompassing the sparsely populated east and a strip of south-central territory). The company added that at ‘many’ 3G cell sites, DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps capable) technology has been implemented. Furthermore, 3G UMTS-900 coverage has been expanded.