Kazakhstan is finalising new draft legislation covering spectrum licences ahead of a competitive tender later this year.
Local news outlet Profit.kz reports that the regulations are aimed at facilitating the licensing process as well as ensuring spectrum compatibility standards are met. TeleGeography notes that the country’s government is targeting a 2022 launch for 5G services across Kazakhstan’s largest cities.
The draft order will inform the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation & Aerospace’s strategy for the upcoming spectrum auctions. The ministry will sign off on winning bidders based on the recommendations of the State Radio Frequency Service.
Kazakhstan is in the process of refarming the 3.5GHz frequencies needed for nationwide commercial 5G services, although operators are offering limited 5G pilot networks in certain cities.