Kcell fighting for 4G licence

30 January 2014 |


Kazakhstan’s Kcell is making little progress in negotiating for a 4G licence in the country the company’s CEO told Reuters today.

Owned by TeliaSonera in Sweden, Kcell is Kazakhstan’s largest mobile operator but state-owned Kazakhtelecom is presently the only holder of a licence in the country.

“TeliaSonera’s management in Stockholm is keen to get an answer [as to] why we still don’t have the [4G] licence,” said Ali Agan, CEO at Kcell.

“We are negotiating, we are talking, but so far no results yet.”

The government in Kazakhstan said Kcell may be awarded a licence in 2015 but Agan said he was not satisfied with the answer and that the company was ready for the licence.

"We have maintained our leading market position and have again recorded an increase in our subscriber base in the face of an increasingly competitive domestic market and a tough regulatory framework," Agan said in a statement.

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