Uzbekistan throws USD80 million fine at MTS

The State Committee of Uzbekistan has imposed over USD 80 million fines on beleaguered cellco MTS Uzbekistan for violating antimonopoly, consumer protection and advertising laws.

MTS has said that it will appeal the decision, but is unlikely to receive a official pardon. Since June this year, MTS has been accused of breaking numerous laws, from failing to acquire the correct permissions before erecting towers to laundering money, as part of what is widely believed to be a government shakedown.

Late last month, the cellco’s operating licenses were also suspended, for ten days at first though the duration was subsequently extended to 90 days. As MTS cannot operate, its customers, (9.5 million in March 2012) represented 37.6% of the wireless market at that date, have moved to rival providers.

Though local news reports have raised doubts over the capability of the smaller cellcos to deal with the sudden influx of subscribers.


Ucell launches Samsung Galaxy S III pack

Ucell has launched a new package for its customers. It including the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone with a Sim connected to the VIP tariff from the operator and 3 GB traffic for a total UZS 2.1 million.

Ucell offers the smartphone at a special price, which is 100 thousand soums lower than the price of competing cellular operators. Price for individuals is presented in soums, and for corporate clients in U.S. dollars, VAT included (not least), and at the rate of the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the day of payment.

Davron Azizov, head of Ucell Corporate Communications Department said “But this list of bonuses for the buyers of “Galaxy SIII” package has even more benefits. We provide them with 3,000 MB of free GPRS-traffic, which is another unique offer in the market of Uzbekistan. The company has taken care of corporate clients – they also get 3,000 MB of free traffic and 3,000 minutes of free talk time.”

CDMA Uzbekistan offers promotion to VIP clients in regions

Mobile operator CDMA Uzbekistan, working under the Perfectum Mobile brand, has launched a promotion for subscribers connecting to its VIP tariff across the country, save the Tashkent region. Depending on the tariff chosen, customers can get a 10 to 25 percent discount on the monthly subscription rate, and they can obtain a premium number costing USD 10 to USD 50 at half price.

Source: TelecomPaper

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