The Swedish company Ericsson is considering the possibility of resuming work in Uzbekistan after a seven-year pause. General Director for Central Asia and Mongolia Aydin Abjanbekov told during the Uzbek-Swedish business forum, Kun.uz correspondent reports.
“The company has been present on the Uzbek market for a long time. In 1904, the first fixed-line switch was installed in Tashkent. Since then, the communications industry has taken a step forward, we have had a break in relations with Uzbekistan since 2012. At the moment, we are establishing and restoring contacts with potential customers in the country,” the Ericsson representative said.
He also noted that the company sees the results of reforms, which were launched several years ago by the new president’s team and wants to contribute to development of the economy of Uzbekistan.
“For the past few months, we have been observing with great interest the work of the Uzbek Government, bold and decisive reforms, which are being held for modernization of the economy and infrastructure. We hope to take an active part in this,” Abjanbekov said.
The representative office of Ericsson opened in Tashkent in 1998. The presidential administration, the Ministry of Energy, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, other government agencies and business structures were among the company's customers in the field of corporate communications. The company’s work was suspended in 2012.
For reference, Ericsson is a Swedish company, a manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, founded in 1876. More than 40% of global traffic in mobile networks (voice and mobile data transmission) is transmitted through the company's equipment. Ericsson does business in 180 countries of the world. In 2018, the company's revenues exceeded $23 billion.