The Telecommunications Committee of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation & Aerospace Industry (MDAI) has placed two 1×100MHz blocks of 5G mobile frequency spectrum in the bands 3600MHz-3700MHz and 3700MHz-3800MHz on the electronic trading platform for an auction beginning on 20 December 2022. As reported by Kazakh news site, the starting bid price for one block is KZT1.761 billion (USD7.34 million), while qualified bidders must operate existing telecoms networks covering at least six regions.

As shown in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Kazakhstan’s mobile network operators – Kcell and Tele2-Altel (both part of the Kazakhtelecom group) and private sector rival KaR-Tel (Beeline) – have all launched pilot 5G network zones but are awaiting commercial 5G licensing.

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