The telecommunications sector in Kyrgyzstan is branded by an open market that has welcomed both foreign and domestic investors. This has been effectively done in accordance with the requirements set down by the WTO. Under the terms of the country's accession to the WTO (which took place in 1998), full liberalisation of the telecoms market had been expected to be accomplished by end-2006. According to the ITU, Kyrgyzstan had executed full opposition across all segments of its telecoms sector by 2007. Nevertheless, despite the market being ‘fully competitive' there remains mare to be done on the regulatory front to take full benefit of the reforms now in place. There also remains a culture of poor transparency in some aspects of corporate behavior; this needs to be addressed if the telecom market is to reach its full potential.
Internet is obtainable in the main towns and some villages at Internet clubs. Internet country code is assigned as kg.
Post offices work from Mondays to Fridays within 9:00 a.m. and 18:00 p.m. The Main Post Office in Bishkek is open 7:00-19:00 and located on 96, Chui avenue, Tel.: 662356. Visitors can also use the post offices situated in big hotels. There are also a number of independent international courier services established in Bishkek. They are DHL, Federal Express (FedEx), UPS, and Overseas Courier Service (OCS).
Media in Kyrgyzstan:
The mass media of the Kyrgyz Republic practices more freedom compared to neighbouring states in the area, and the constitution guarantees freedom of the press and forbids censorship.
The main TV broadcaster in the country functions 2 countrywide networks and 6 local stations; approximately 20 private TV stations operating with most rebroadcasting other channels.
State currency is termed Kyrgyz Som equaling to 100 tyin. Bank notes are in values of Som 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. And 50, 10 and 1 tyin are rarely used. There are coins for 10, 5, 3, 1 in Kyrgyzstan.