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Uzbekistan Suspends Russian Mobile Communication Provider’s License

Authorities in Uzbekistan have announced the suspension of the operating license of a Russian-owned mobile communications company for 10 days.

Officials say MTS-Uzbekistan has been responsible for a series of "technical violations,” and its operations will be suspended beginning on the evening of July 17.

According to the MTS, the suspension could affect millions of Uzbek mobile phone users. An MTS statement said the firm has some 10 million clients among Uzbekistan's population of 28 million.

It is the latest difficulty for the Uzbek subsidiary of Russia's largest mobile operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS).

Uzbek officials last month criticized MTS-Uzbekistan's managers brand for poor service and using cell phone towers without proper authorization.

Reports say Uzbek prosecutors have also filed criminal cases against company officials on charges of fraud.

Based on reporting by AP and Interfax