The Investment

The Expanding Mobile Market

China’s ZTE Corporation – the world’s telecommunications giant – has been active in the Uzbek market. Cellular phone and modem production capacities, notably, are on the rise. There are long-term plans to launch manufacturing of videophone and expand the mobile phone range.

The Chinese corporation appears as one the key high technology investors in the Uzbek market in addition to the fact that its telecommunications equipment is actively used by domestic mobile operators and the Uzbektelecom Company. A tripartite joint venture specializing on the assembly of digital television sets and on the manufacture of telecommunication equipment – ADSL- and DSLAM-modems was established in September 2011 in Navoi FIEZ jointly with the ZTE Corporation and former Uzbek Agency for Communication and Information on the basis of the Uzbek-Singaporean joint venture Telecom Innovations. Data transmission technologies allow for using a standard landline both as telephone and high-speed Internet. The production capacity is 25 thousand sets of equipment. This successful project has allowed the Chinese partners to assess the prospects of the domestic market and study a favorable investment climate in Uzbekistan.

A modern production line of UzTE smartphones was launched in September 2013 in the Haqiqat village of Sirdaryo Region. The project was founded on a parity basis by ZTE and the Uzbek-Chinese enterprise Pengzhong Xingsheng. This December the companies plan to expand the production of cell phones and start manufacturing four or five new models in the mid-price segment. As a result, the total capacity of the line is expected to reach about 150 million handsets a year, with 40% of new models. Investors are going to invest about $2 million in the production development. Moreover, it is scheduled to open a network of brand phone and accessories shops in November-December.

The establishment of manufacture of videophones is another promising project. The Chinese side is currently negotiating with Uzbektelecom on the establishment of a joint venture for the manufacture of new products. It is planned to locate it in the Jizzakh special industrial zone. The videophones will be based on NGN networks of new generation, as actively developed by Uzbektelecom. The equipment will be primarily focused on the corporate segment.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
 

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