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Mobile phone usage has expanded rapidly in the last 10 years from less than 20% coverage of households to over 80%. The Communications Ministry in late 2013 estimated that 3.8 million people have access to the internet through smart phones.  

A sim card can be bought for 10 somoni ($2). The buyer must provide a copy of his passport and an address of legal residence.  

There is a high level of competition among the licensed providers of cell phone services. All large cities have 3G coverage. 2G covers 80% of populated areas. In the sparsely populated Pamirs making up two thirds of the country coverage is much less.  

Mobile internet by use of data modem costs 100 somoni (US$20) per month for a maximum of 3 gigabytes. 

For information on Tajikistan telecommunications provider contact details, please see the following link: 4.11 Tajikistan Additional Service Provision Contact List


Telephone Services 

Is there an existing landline telephone network? 

Yes 

Does it allow international calls? 

Yes    

Number and Length of Downtime Periods (on average) 

N/A 

Mobile Phone Providers  

1. Megafon 

2. Tcell 

3. Babilon-M 

4. Beeline 

TK Mobile discontinued it services in March 2018 

Approximate Percentage of National Coverage 

Countrywide - 80% of households have cell phones 

Telecommunications Regulations 

The government Communications Service regulates the registration of all radio communications equipment including VSAT, HF, VHF and Thurayasthere is no limitation on the importation of such equipment, but a license for their use must be obtained at time of importation. Until 2011 there had been a law requiring prior approval for import but the restrictions were eased.   

Regulations on Usage and Import 

 

Regulations in Place? 

Regulating Authority 

Satellite 

Yes  

Communication Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan 

HF Radio 

Yes 

Communication Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan 

UHF/VHF/HF Radio: Handheld, Base and Mobile 

Yes 

Communication Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan 

UHF/VHF Repeaters 

Yes 

Communication Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan 

GPS 

Yes 

Communication Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan 

VSAT 

Yes 

Communication Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan 

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required 

N/A 

Frequency Licenses Required 

Yes, all frequencies must be licensed 

Existing Humanitarian Telecomms Systems 

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems 

 

UNDP 

WFP 

UNICEF 

VHF Frequencies 

Ch 2 

Ch1 

Ch3 

HF Frequencies 

Ch 1 to Ch 12 

Ch 13 to Ch 22 

 

Locations of Repeaters  

Dushanbe City, Victory Park 

Ayni District Center 

Shahritus District Center 

Dushanbe City, Victory Park 

Kurgantyube City (Toshrabot TV Station) 

Khujand City, Hotel Khujand 

Dushanbe City Victory Park 

VSAT 

Yes (used as backup connection) 

Yes  

Yes  

Internet Service Providers (ISPs)  

Internet Service Providers 

Are there ISPs available? 

Yes  

If yes, are they privately or government owned? 

1 Government owned, therest are privately owned. 

Dial-up only? 

No 

Approximate Rates (local currency and USD - $) 

Dial-up 

Dial-up (This is discontinued as its obsolete technology) 

Broadband 

Broadband Cost of 1 Mbps link is TJS 5000 ($552) 

Max Leasable ‘Dedicated’ Bandwidth 

100 Mbps (through fiber-optic broadband link) 

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) 

For information on MNOs please visit the https://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/category/country/tajikistan/ 

Company 

Number of Agent Outlets by Area 

Network Strength by Area 

Contracted for Humanitarian or GovernmenCash Transfer Programmes? 

Services Offered (i.e. Merchant Payment,  Bulk Disbursement, Receive & Make Payment) 

Megafon 

15 - Dushanbe City and its vicinity

http://megafon.tj/podderzhka/zona-pokrytiya/index.php

Yes, currently no conditions available to implement 

Voice, SMS, 2G/3G/4G Mobile Internet 

 

Tcell 

11 – Dushanbe City 

http://tcell.tj/en/corporations/4g/4g-internet/the-4g-coverage-area.php

http://tcell.tj/area-coating/  

Yes, currently no conditions available to implement 

Voice, SMS, 2G/3G/4G Mobile Internet 

 

Babilon-M 

Info not available 

http://babilon-m.tj/coverage.php  

Yes, currently no conditions available to implement 

Voice, SMS, 2G/3G/4G Mobile Internet 

 

Beeline 

11 – Dushanbe City and its vicinity. 

https://beeline.tj/dushanbe/customers/maps?ot=&oid=&ln=68.77021&lt=38.56144&z=10&   

Yes, currently no conditions available to implement 

Voice, SMS, 2G/3G/4G Mobile Internet