Uzbekistan Approves Huawei 5G After Receiving CDB Loan, Deal Follows “Smart City” Contract

On July 26, the Uzbek­istan gov­ern­ment announced plans to allow the Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion Tech­nolo­gies and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions to con­clude con­tracts with Huawei for the sup­ply of tech­no­log­i­cal equip­ment and soft­ware rel­e­vant to 5G devel­op­ment. This came after Huawei and the Min­istry held dis­cus­sions on July 11 regard­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty of launch­ing a 5G net­work through one of Uzbekistan’s state-owned telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions oper­a­tors.  This deci­sion coin­cid­ed with Chi­na Devel­op­ment Bank announc­ing that it will allo­cate $40 mil­lion for telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions infra­struc­ture projects with Uzbek­t­ele­com, a state-owned telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions oper­a­tor. The loan will have a grace peri­od of 1.5 years and a repay­ment peri­od of 5 years.

Pre­vi­ous­ly, in June, the Min­istry for Devel­op­ment of Infor­ma­tion Tech­nolo­gies and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions signed an MoU with CITIC on the imple­men­ta­tion of a smart city project that would involve a tech­no­log­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion from Huawei.  In 2013, Huawei also pro­vid­ed video­con­fer­enc­ing equip­ment for Uzbekistan’s pub­lic school sys­tem.