DUSHANBE, October 28, Asia-Plus - MLT/TT Mobile, a closed joint-stock company and one of Tajikistan’s largest cellular operators, marks its fifth anniversary today. 

According to the MLT/TT Mobile headquarters in Dushanbe, the company was established on September 3, 2001. ”Since October 5 2001, when the company was registered under the brand of MLT (Mobile Lines of Tajikistan), it has provided cellular communications services in the GSM standard,” the source noted. 

The source says the company covers all four provinces of Tajikistan, operating in 40 cities and districts. This summer, MLT/TT-Mobile registered its 100,000th client. 

MLT/TT Mobile is a joint venture between the Russian cellular operator MegaFon and Tajikistan’s national fixed-line operator, Tajik Telecom. MegaFon owns 75 percent of the shares and Tajik Telecom holds a 25 percent interest in MLT/TT-Mobile. 

MegaFon, an open joint stock company, was founded in May 2002 with the renaming and reorganization of the Russian cellular operator North-West GSM. 

Last year. MLT/TT Mobile was the first cellular operator in Tajikistan to offer its clients the 3G standard. 

According to the Ministry of Communications, nine cellular operators now provide services in different standards function in Tajikistan: MLT; Babilon-M, Indigo-Tajikistan; Indigo-Somoncom; Beeline; Tacom; M Teco; Telecom Inc (Skytel) and TK Mobile. 

Representatives from the government, ministries and organizations, banks, as well as international organizations and diplomatic missions accredited in Tajikistan will attend celebrations to mark the company’s anniversary. Representatives from Siemens and Huawei, as well as MegaFon chief executive officer Sergey Soldatenkov are also expected to attend the celebrations.