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Russian Mobile Operator's License In Uzbekistan Suspended Further

Millions of mobile phone users avail of MTS-Uzbekistan's services.
TASHKENT -- Uzbek authorities have announced that they have extended the suspension of a Russian-owned mobile communication company's license by a further three months.

Officials said MTS-Uzbekistan had been responsible for a series of "technical violations."

Uzbek authorities had originally suspended the license of the Uzbek subsidiary of Russia's largest mobile operator for 10 days on July 17.

The move affected millions of mobile phone users as well as the credit card payment system in the country.

Uzbek officials last month criticized MTS-Uzbekistan's brand managers for poor service and said the company had used cell phone towers without proper authorization.

According to reports from Uzbekistan, prosecutors have also filed criminal cases against company officials on charges of fraud.