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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Post-Shipment Verification: Jsc

VZCZCXYZ0009
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #3490 1981228
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 171228Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2132
RHMFIUU/US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WASHINGTON DC
RUEHNT/AMEMBASSY TASHKENT 4990

UNCLAS MOSCOW 003490

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/MHAMES/LRITTER/DMUSLU
USDOC FOR 3150/USFCS/OIO/CEENIS/MCOSTA
AMEMBASSY TASHKENT FOR DALLEN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP ETRD ETTC RS
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: POST-SHIPMENT VERIFICATION: JSC
UZBEKTELECOM, TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN, LICENSE NO.
D341584

REFTEL: 1. USDOC 05393 DATED 12/20/05

1. Unauthorized disclosure of the information provided
below is prohibited by Section 12C of the Export
Administration Act.

2. Reftel 1 requested a Post-shipment verification to
determine the legitimacy and reliability of the end-
user, JSC Uzbektelecom, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The
company is listed on BIS license application D341584
as the ultimate consignee of two cesium frequency
clocks, model: PRS45-0002. These items are controlled
for national security reasons under ECCN 3A002. The
licensee is Symmetricom Inc., 2300 Orchard Pkwy, San
Jose, CA 95131.

3. On July 11, 2007, Export Control Attache Donald
Pearce and FSN Natalya Shipitsina conducted the
requested post-shipment verification with JSC
Uzbektelecom (UT), 24, Amir Temur st., Tashkent,
Uzbekistan. The export control team met with Khakim
Mukhitdinov, General Director and Margarita Kashina,
Head of International Relations Department.

4. UT was founded in 1992 to provide
telecommunications services to Uzbekistan. UT is an
open joint-stock company, with 94% of the shares owned
by the Government of Uzbekistan, 3% owned by
employees, and 3% owned by the Judiciary of
Uzbekistan. UT hopes to sell 49% of the company
shares to a foreign strategic investor. UT employs
20,300 in 19 divisions, including regional
telecommunications providers and specialized
departments. The company also has interests in 12
telecommunications related joint ventures.

5. The cesium primary reference sources (PRS) in
reftel are used in the UT national telecommunications
network control system, located at the Tashkent
Telegraph Station. The PRS systems synchronize the
network, providing stable and highly accurate time
signals to the switching network. The devices have no
other uses and are not accessible outside of the UT
technical network. The units are stable, and working
well. As UT expands it's digital switching network,
it will require 3 or 4 new PRS units, which it is
considering sourcing elsewhere due to the 7 to 8 month
wait for U.S. export licenses. ECO Pearce advised
that the turnaround time for a future license should
be shorter. Mr. Mukhitdinov is familiar with U.S.
export controls and the conditions of the license.

6. The team was brought to the Tashkent Telegraph
Station (TTS), a specialized department of UT, located
at #28 A. Navoi Str, Tashkent. TTS controls the
international and long-distance switching networks for
UT. In addition, the center provides satellite
uplink/downlink facilities for broadcasting. The team
was shown two TimeCesium PRS-4400 clock systems, s/n
0608006812 and 0613007244. The clocks are rack-
mounted in the IT center of the TTS building. Access
to the TTS facility is restricted due to the sensitive
nature of the systems resident in the building. A
proximity card system is used to control access, and
visitors must be escorted at all times. Corporate
security officers patrol the facility 24 hours a day,
and a video surveillance system is in place. Three
specialists have direct daily access to the system,
and one engineer is responsible for monitoring the
clocks.

7. Recommendations: Post recommends JSC Uzbektelecom,
Tashkent, Uzbekistan as reliable recipients of
sensitive U.S. origin commodities.
(FCS MOSCOW/SBOZEK/DPEARCE)
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