4G growing fast in CEE with mobile penetrations running ahead of the global average

EWDN in Moscow November 13, 2018

The research branch of international mobile operator association GSMA has released a report on the mobile economy in Russia and 11 neighbouring countries that found the digital economy and telecoms services are growing faster than the global average.

Boxing may be knocked out of Olympics after election of claimed Uzbek crime boss as association head

bne IntelliNews November 5, 2018

Only other candidate, Serik Konakbayev, a well-known Soviet-era boxer from Kazakhstan, may ask for a 'rematch' in bid to preserve sport's prestige.

Putin, Mirziyoyev launch project for Uzbekistan’s first nuclear plant

Kanat Shaku in Tashkent October 22, 2018

First concrete unlikely to be poured before 2020 but UzAtom wants 15% of Uzbek energy generation to derive from nuclear by 2030. Plant likely to be first post-Soviet operational nuclear plant in Central Asia.

Ex-Telia executives go on trial over bribes paid to Uzbekistan’s Karimova

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 5, 2018

Stockholm court to hear of how $350mn was allegedly paid to now disgraced daughter of late autocrat to secure gains such as 3G and 4G telecom licences.

Turkish, Russian devaluations are spilling over into Central Asia and the Caucuses

bne IntelliNews September 3, 2018

The Turkish currency crisis is not expected to cause contagion in other emerging markets but it has hurt the currencies of its regional neighbours where it plays a more important role via trade, banking and investment links.