Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications
Tashkent has hosted a meeting of the High-Level Working Group on Information Society Development (HLWG) of the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications.
The event spotlighted the relevant issues of the further development of the IT industry and the software industry, the prospects and opportunities of the ‘e-government’ system and the digital economy.
Organized by the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications of Uzbekistan and the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications, the meeting brought together representatives of interested ministries from Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan.
As noted at the event, international cooperation proves key in the integration of modern telecommunication technologies, which build the ground for major IT projects in the financial and banking sectors, economy and industry. The extensive informational infrastructure in Uzbekistan sustains the rapid development of high-tech industries and effective implementation of advanced technical solutions. At the same time, a particular attention has been paid to the development of opportunities and provision of high-quality highspeed mobile communications and data transmission using LTE standard technologies.
There are five mobile operators in Uzbekistan today. This promotes free competition and a decrease in the cost of their services. Their customer network numbers over 21 million people, most of whom are active Internet users. This year alone, domestic mobile operators intend to install over 450 mobile LTE standard base stations in different regions of Uzbekistan. Scaled measures are underway to expand the coverage of the country's population with high-speed Internet access by laying new fiber optic lines.
At the meeting, foreign experts talked about the experience of implementation of IT projects, the opportunities and features of the technical solutions and equipment used. The participants pointed out to the need to develop common approaches, models and concepts for the development of modern technologies, including the Internet of Things ‘IoT’, open and large data, artificial intelligence. They drew attention to the concept of the digital economy, its impact on small business and private entrepreneurship.
The event also highlighted the prospects of further international cooperation in the implementation of IT projects.