Kazakhtelecom units bag all available spectrum in 5G auction

Kazakhtelecom units bag all available spectrum in 5G auction

Kazakhstan’s 5G spectrum auctions have concluded, with both available blocks of spectrum acquired by the consortium of Kazakhtelecom subsidiaries comprised of mobile operators Kcell and Mobile Telecom Service (Tele2-Altel).

The Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation & Aerospace made two 1×100MHz blocks available, with the first in the 3600MHz-3700MHz range and the second in the 3700MHz-3800MHz range, with the reserve price for each set at KZT1.76 billion (US$3.8 million). Local media outlet Profit.kz noted that fierce competition saw the final bids for these lots escalate to  KZT62.7 billion and KZT93.4 billion respectively.

In a statement made on behalf of the Kazakhtelecom consortium, MTS General Director Sergey Konkov pledged that the operators would build over 7000 5G base stations by the end of 2025.

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