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ICT sphere is the leader in terms of growth rates in Uzbekistan in 2017

In 2017, the volume of services provided in the sphere of communications and information amounted to 7.9 trillion soums, including 232.8 billion soums for computer programming services. Growth in comparison with 2016 amounted to 124.0% (in comparable prices 115.6%), due to the increase in the volume of services provided, the introduction of new technologies and new types of services, expanding the range of their provision.

At present, the development of the service sector of Uzbekistan outstrips the growth of material production. The share of services in the gross domestic product (GDP) for January-December of 2017 was 47.3 percent.

The volume of production of services for January-December of 2017 amounted to 116795.7 billion soums and increased by 8.9 percent. The increase in volume can be explained by the influence of a number of factors, in particular: the emergence of new types of services on the market, such as payment for goods through credit cards, Internet sales, the opening of new shopping centers, catering organizations, hotels, the expansion of educational services, entertainment industry.

It should also be noted that, despite the liberalization of the currency market in Uzbekistan, and the sharp increase in the foreign exchange rate in September 2017, there was no increase in tariffs for communication services.

In the volume of communication and information services, the largest share (87.3%) falls on telecommunications services (wire and mobile services, Internet, TV and radio broadcasting, etc.).

For the year 2017 in the field of ICT, investments in the amount of 1.891 trillion soums (an increase of 168.7%), including foreign investment and loans amounted to 1.557 trillion soums (an increase of 2.2 times).
At present, ICT services accounted for 2.2 percent of the GDP of the republic.
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