Incomes of private operators have amounted 542.3 million somoni (93.1 percent of total incomes of the sector) over the same three-month period, which was 45 million somoni less than in the same period last year.  

The Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) Tajik Telecom (Tajikistan’s national fixed-line operator), the State Unitary Enterprise (SUE) Pochtai Tojik (Tajik Post) and the Communications Service’s branches have accounted for the remaining 6.9 percent of the sector’s total incomes.  

As of April 1, 2019, there were 2.947 users of Internet and 6.854 million users of mobile communications in Tajikistan.  

Recall, President’s Executive Office on April 23 announced its decision to overturn a decree adopted earlier this year by the antimonopoly body to set new mandatory minimum mobile internet tariffs. 

The independent group that was set up to resist the antimonopoly body initiative gathered 200 signatures.

The cancelled Antimonopoly Agency order that came into effect on April 18 required mobile phone service providers to begin charging a minimum of around 6.2 diram (around $0.007) per megabyte of traffic, instead of the previous 2.5 diram.  The cost of making phone calls was also radically increased.

Ilhomjon Atoyev, the deputy head of the communications service agency, told Asia-Plus on April 17 that a reduction in internet use would improve people’s vision.  “They will play fewer games and not ruin their sight.  This will protect their health,” Atoyev said.