Kazakhstan’s mature market gearing up for 5G – R&M

Kazakhstan’s mature market gearing up for 5G – R&M

Kazakhstan has one of the most advanced telecoms sectors in Central Asia, reports Research & Markets.

The country’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, but since then 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.

The fixed broadband market in Kazakhstan remains relatively underdeveloped, due to the dominance of 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. In addition, the country has hosted the launch of further OneWeb satellites.

In 2019 Kazakhtelecom launched its latest smart city project in Akmola in partnership with the local authorities. Meanwhile Kcell has launched a pilot IoT agriculture service that utilises its 3G, 4G LTE and NB-IoT networks.

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