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Turkmenistan Telecommunications

The telecommunications network remains underdeveloped and progress toward improvement is slow; strict government control and censorship inhibits liberalization and modernization.

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Turkmenistan Telecommunications Additional Information

Note: The information provided in the attached documents, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.

Telecommunication Regulation

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Regulations

Regulations on usage or import of:

Yes / No

Regulating Authority

Satellite

Yes

n/a

HF Radio

Yes

n/a

UHF/VHF/HF radio: handheld, base and mobile

Yes

n/a

UHF/VHF repeaters

Yes

n/a

GPS

Yes

n/a

VSAT

Yes

n/a

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required

 n/a

Frequency Licenses Required

The launch of the first Turkmen communication satellite is scheduled in 2014 for a 15 years lifetime and will be carried out using a Chang Zheng-3B (“Long March”) rocket. The satellite is currently under construction by the French Thales Alenia Space and is from the Spacebus 4000 family.

Analog TV signal feed of 5 national channels are receivable over-the-air in all living areas across the country. Foreign TV channels are watched with digital satellite receiver. In some places of Ashgabat, cable service is available where satellite dishes are not allowed to be installed.

List of broadcast stations:

  • Altyn Asyr (Golden Age)
  • Ýaşlyk (Youth)
  • Miras (Inheritance)
  • TV4 Turkmenistan - News channel broadcast in 7 languages.
  • Türkmen Owazy - Turkmen Music channel, launched in 2009.
  • Aşgabat
  • Türkmen sport - sport channel, launched in 2012.

All 7 of national channels are aired on Yamal satellitle for international audience.