Text of report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax
Tashkent, 19 March: The number of Internet users in Uzbekistan increased by more than 200,000 people since the beginning of this year and exceeded 9 million people, Interfax learnt from the Uzbek Agency for Communications and Information (UzACI).
“In Uzbekistan, where the number of Internet users reached 8.8 million last year, the number of Internet users has exceeded 9 million people to date,” the agency said.
According to the UzACI, the country is now actively expanding the network of local news websites. Today, their number in the national domain UZ stands at 10,184. Domain name registration in the UZ zone is provided by six official registry offices. The number of online state services provided through the websites of ministries and agencies has increased 197-fold, and the number of companies that provide access to the Internet is 945.
The population of Uzbekistan is 29.5 million.
(Source: Interfax news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0741 gmt 19 Mar 12 via BBC Monitoring)