Veon launches digital-first operator OQ in Uzbekistan

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a global digital operator that provides converged connectivity and online services, announces the launch of digital operator OQ in Uzbekistan.  The new operator will provide integrated digital experiences in entertainment and communication, serving digital natives who use mobile internet extensively to engage with lifestyle services.

OQ, which translates from Uzbek as "clean and transparent," reflects the values of the new generation—openness, freedom of expression, and choice.  It will be available nationally across Uzbekistan, offering users the benefits of independent service selection, individual tariff formation, and fair payment commitment. Users will be able to connect to new mobile applications rapidly, using biometric identity verification technology – a first in Uzbekistan for a mobile industry - while combining services and selecting entertainment content according to their preferences.

"We are delighted to welcome a new telecommunications startup in Uzbekistan! The brand OQ fully represents a modern approach to providing services to tech-savvy customers, combining communication services, entertainment, and charity,” commented Andrzej Malinowski, CEO of Beeline Uzbekistan.  

OQ provides users with a range of integrated media services including access to streaming music on Stingray online radio and licensed films from Uzbek cinema without any additional charges. The media content in the application will be constantly updated and, in the near future, content created exclusively for OQ will also become available.  

"OQ offers an entirely new level of user freedom,” states Abdulaziz Mansurov, Head of  OQ digital operator.  “The customer creates their own service and entertainment package. We believe that OQ will transform the traditional telecommunications market in Uzbekistan and create a new way for digital native users to engage with digital lifestyle.”

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