Uzbek state-backed cellco Mobiuz – which rebranded from Universal Mobile Systems (UMS) in December 2019 – has begun a large-scale network modernisation programme this month with a view to improving capacity and service quality. UzDaily cites Mobiuz Technical Director Olga Filatova as saying that the operator is aiming to install more than 1,000 base stations nationwide during 2020. The rollout is part of Mobiuz’s development plan for 2019-2021, but ‘technical activities are being carried out at an even faster pace [than last year],’ the director explained, claiming that new base stations are being activated ‘daily’.
The cellco is starting by prioritising those areas with the highest traffic burden, the official noted, highlighting the company’s work in the Sergeli district of the capital, which has recently seen an increase in usage due to urban development in the area, and a corresponding influx of new residents. Similar capacity upgrades are underway in other parts of Tashkent, the official went on, adding that outside of the capital the company is focusing instead on improving network coverage.