OCTOBER 19, 2006 -- NEC Corp. (search NEC) has completed the second phase of a telecommunications and broadcasting project to improve and expand the countrywide network in Uzbekistan.
The 10 billion-yen project comprises the construction of a 3,487-km fiber-optic network with transmission systems and 41 stations/89 bases for TV broadcasting, covering the entire nation.
In the first phase of the project, completed in 2002, NEC installed the trunk line of a 2,500-km fiber network linking the major cities of Uzbekistan with microwave communications and public digital switching systems. In the second phase, the trunk line was extended to neighboring towns and villages of the main cities, and a circular optical network has been constructed linking four eastern cities of Tashkent. Simultaneously, the second phase also involved the construction of a new television broadcasting transmission network.
NEC says it has been actively working on provision of telecommunications equipment to Uzbekistan ever since 1990, when it won a contract for satellite ground stations and international switching systems. In 1997, NEC established a liaison office in Tashkent and also opened a Technical Center on the grounds of Tashkent University of Information Technologies for the maintenance of the telecommunications equipment and the training of local engineers and students. According to NEC, it has been deeply involved in Uzbekistan's telecommunications development in terms of both hardware and education for human resource.
NEC says it intends to further contribute to the improvement of telecommunications infrastructure in Uzbekistan, as well as in other central Asian countries.
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