Kazakhstan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 23 Mar 2020 Update History

Report Pages: 83

Analyst: Sebastien De Rosbo

Kazakhstan’s mobile operators prepare for the launch of 5G services

Kazakhstan has one of the most advanced telecoms sectors in Central Asia.

The fixed broadband market in Kazakhstan remains relatively underdeveloped, due to the dominance of the mobile broadband, which is in turn driven by the mobile sector. Slow to moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2024 as mobile broadband will continue to dominate the broadband segment.

The number of fixed telephone lines in Kazakhstan is slowly declining due to the dominance of the mobile segment, in particular mobile broadband. The rate of decline began to accelerate in 2015. Further decline in penetration is predicted for the next five years to 2024.

The MIC has signed public-private partnership agreements with Kazakhtelecom, SilkNetCom and Transtelecom to implement a project to access to fibre-optic communication technologies in rural areas.

Kazakhstan’s mobile market remains highly competitive, but rather than a focus only on growth in subscribers the market has shifted to value-added. All Kazakhstan’s major mobile operators are well on the path towards launching 5G services.

Kazakhstan has seen a strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years. Market penetration increased rapidly initially. Since then the market stabilised and has been growing at a more moderate rate due to saturation in the mobile subscriber segment. Moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2024.

In 2019 Kazakhtelecom launched its latest smart city project in Akmola in partnership with the local authorities.

Key developments:

  • Kazakhstan's mobile market has reached saturation point. Slow growth predicted through to 2024.
  • Kazakhstan hosts the launch of more OneWeb satellites.
  • Government signs up to ITU-sponsored GIGA initiative.
  • Fixed telephone penetration continues declining as the mobile segment continues to expand.
  • 5G services are scheduled to be launched in launched soon.
  • Mobile broadband is growing strongly driven by a mature mobile market.
  • Kcell has launched a pilot IoT agriculture service, utilising its 3G, 4G LTE and NB-IoT networks.

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