Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Transport has reportedly presented the country’s parliament with a draft law enabling telecommunications operators to provide fixed and mobile connection services simultaneously. Providing both services is currently prohibited by the Law on Communications in Kyrgyzstan.
The ministry claims that the current law limits the scope for operators to expand their businesses and impedes convergence. Fixed-mobile convergence is a major trend in the worldwide telecommunications economy. With ever-increasing demand for fast broadband and greater reliance on mobile networks, operators have much to gain by being able to have a foot in each world, and indeed the dividing line between fixed and mobile is becoming more and more blurred. Kyrgyzstan’s regulators are wise to recognize this fact and allow operators to embrace it.