Veon announced its Beeline Uzbekistan unit completed the first phase of its network upgrade as part of wider plans to improve 4G coverage from 78% to 85% and overall service.
In a statement, Veon detailed the project stretches across 14 regions of Uzbekistan, upgrading connectivity in 54 cities. The company expects to hit its 85% target by the end of this year, it recorded 78% coverage at the end of 2022.
Beeline recorded 6 million 4G customers as of July this year after gaining 1.1 million 4G users year-on-year. Connections on 4G account for 69.3% of its customer base.
The first phase of its network upgrade was completed in August in more remote locations including Fergana Valley and Karakalpakstan. In its second phase, Beeline will bolster its 4G network in major urban locations including Tashkent, Samarkand and other densely populated regions.
"We are determined to provide superior digital experiences throughout Uzbekistan with our ‘4G for All’ focus and digital operator strategy. With high quality mobile internet and the digital services, we can better serve the country’s young and ambitious population. We are investing in this vision not only with our network enhancement projects, but also by educating and developing the local talent who will create the locally relevant digital products and services in Uzbekistan,” said Beeline Uzbekistan CEO Andrzej Malinowski.