Eurasia / Tech

Kazakhtelecom to focus on content

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow April 12, 2021

State-run Kazakhtelecom, Kazakhstan's largest telco, plans to produce more of its own content, seeing it as a promising direction of development at a time when regular telecom services are no longer as profitable as they used to be.

Uzbekstan's Fergana region to spend $8.5mn setting up electric scooter production

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent March 5, 2021

Three companies say they plan to set up production of electric scooters at the Kokand free economic zone.

Facebook agrees to pay 18% sales tax in Tajikistan

bne IntelliNews March 4, 2021

Tajik government has been trying for two years to boost state revenues by forcing tech firms like Microsoft, Google, Facebook and to pay taxes inside Tajikistan.

UNDP in Kazakhstan joins global network of innovative accelerator labs

bne IntelliNews March 4, 2021

Accelerator Lab to focus on helping improve livelihoods through digitalisation, and supporting Kazakhstan's green transition. reports 33.6% jump in net income in 2020

bne IntelliNews March 2, 2021 has benefited from the coronavirus pandemic-driven shift to digital services by people who have been forced to largely stay indoors.

IFC to provide $3mn loan to Kyrgyz broadband operator ElCat

bne IntelliNews March 1, 2021

Loan to Kyrgyzstan’s largest private wholesale broadband operator will boost fibre coverage in underserved areas of the country.

Israeli agritech unveils “indoor growing” plans to challenge Iran’s global saffron dominance

bne IntelIiNews February 9, 2021

'Red gold' prized by famous chefs, Michelin starred restaurants, the natural cosmetics industry and the natural medicine industry. Also used as a dye in the textile industry.

“Try me” not telecoms minister Iran’s president tells hardliners in internet row

bne IntelIiNews January 27, 2021

“These days, the internet is like oxygen for people,” adds Rouhani protesting at move against cabinet member who allegedly refused to block Instagram.

Billion dollar deal signed to build science and technology centre in Almaty

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 26, 2021

Clusters to focus on innovation, biomedical and information technology. Deal is between Turkey’s Gorkem Construction and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

Iran’s technology minister indicted for failing to properly implement internet censorship

bne IntelIiNews January 21, 2021

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, who brought 4G to the Islamic Republic, seen as siding with the country's youth.