Yerzhan Meiramov, chairman of the Committee for Telecommunications of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation & Aerospace Industry, has stated that the country will hold a competitive auction for commercial 5G mobile operating licences in the 3500MHz band at the end of May. As reported by, Mr Meiramov, speaking at the MWC2022 forum in Barcelona, indicated that three 100MHz TDD frequency blocks will initially be auctioned in each of Kazakhstan’s three largest cities, Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Shymkent, with the expectation that all major domestic mobile operators plus several fixed line operators will show interest in bidding.

The official highlighted that legislation was adopted in 2021 giving the Ministry the right to hold a 3500MHz auction, while ‘relevant rules were developed and registered with the Ministry of Justice last week’, supporting plans to launch 5G services in the three largest cities by end-2022. Additional proposals to create a single shared 5G infrastructure provider were abandoned. Meiramov also noted that subsequent full national development of 5G services will require permission for operators to utilise multiple frequency bands for their fifth-generation networks.

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