New Report Available: Kazakhstan and Central Asia Telecommunications Report Q4 2015

New Fixed Networks research report from Business Monitor International is now available from Fast Market Research

[USPRwire, Fri Oct 23 2015] State interference and political risk remains the most important risk of doing business in the Central Asian region. This was again amplified as government involvement became a key theme over the first six months of 2015. In Turkmenistan, a new state-owned company was created to spur competition, in Kyrgyzstan, state-owned Kyrgyz Mobile Company was sold to state-owned Mega C om and in Uzbekistan, state-owned Uzmobile launched a GSM network to better compete in the mobile market. This therefore does not appear to be a risk that is going to end in the short or long term. Kazakhstan is the most attractive of the region and its ascension to the WTO in June 2015 should lead to wide-scale privatisation of state-owned enterprises, Including in the telecoms sector. Transitions to 3G will continue to be vital across the region and though 4G is available, it will remain too expensive for mass uptake.

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Altel, the mobile subsidiary of state-owned incumbent operator Kazakhtelecom, reportedly reached 2.1mn subscribers as of May 15 2015, representing annual growth of around 100%. The company expects to reach 3mn subscribers by the end of 2015, as it continues the rollout of its 2G/3G/4G network across the country. Altel is the only licensed provider of 4G in Kazakhstan, a situation which has been criticised by rival operators in the mobile sector. Altel also plans to stop providing services over CDMA technology on July 1 2015.

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Kyrgyzstan's operators MegaCom, Sky Mobile (Beeline) and Nur Telecom's mobile subsidiary O! registered 67.66% (around 1.9mn), 80.25% (2.2mn) and 79.49% (1.5mn) of their respective SIM cards as of May 1, according to the National Communications Agency. All operators are required to register their SIM cards by August 8. The combined total of 5.6mn registrations to date implies that the operators now need to register around an extra 2mn SIMs by the deadline.

The Kazakhstan and Central Asia Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Kazakhstan and Central Asia Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan.

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