- Kazakhstan’s largest telecommunications service provider, Kcell, has selected Ericsson as its 5G Radio Access Network (5G RAN) partner.
- Ericsson will be Kcell’s key partner for 5G deployments in key regions, including Almaty and Shymkent and several others.
- The seven-year partnership aims to accelerate Kazakhstan’s digital transformation and widespread adoption of 5G technology.
По случаю 25-летия успешного сотрудничества Kcell и Ericsson рады объявить о расширении партнерства, направленного на ускорение широкого внедрения и развития технологии 5G и связанных с ней услуг по всему Казахстану. Это сотрудничество знаменует собой значительный шаг на пути к вступлению в эру подключения 5G и его преобразующему потенциалу как для отраслей промышленности, так и для потребителей.
Following 25 years of successful cooperation, Kcell and Ericsson are pleased to announce an extended partnership aimed at accelerating the widespread adoption and development of 5G technology and related services throughout Kazakhstan. This collaboration marks a significant step towards ushering in the era of 5G connectivity and its transformative potential for both industries and consumers.
The partnership envisions a roadmap spanning the period of 2023 to 2030, during which both companies will work in tandem to foster innovation, drive economic growth, and strengthen the country’s technology infrastructure.
The parties have plans to deploy Ericsson’s state-of-the-art 5G technology over a significant area encompassing at least 50% of Kazakhstan’s territory. The deployment will cover key regions including Astana, Almaty, Shymkent, Turkestan, and several others. This collaboration demonstrates the commitment of both companies to ensure that the benefits of 5G are available to a significant portion of the population, contributing to the growth of both urban and rural connectivity. The basis for 5G deployment is the implementation of the SingleRAN (Single Radio Access Network) approach. This approach involves the seamless integration of 5G into the existing 2G, 3G and 4G infrastructure, maximizing the efficient use of network resources and simplifying the transition to the new technology.
As Askhat Uzbekov, Chairman of the Management Board of Kcell noted, 5G, unlike previous generations of communications technology, not only has the potential to improve various characteristics of wireless communications, including speed, latency, reliability, “density” of devices, and power consumption, but also the possibility to create new services and applications such as virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR), industrial internet of things (IIoT), and real-time control of robots, unmanned vehicles and drones, as well as create new business models.
In addition, 5G technologies can be used not only in mobile operators’ networks, but also for fixed wireless access in locations where it is not physically possible to lay cables due to complex terrain, replacing or complementing the wired “last mile” for residential and business customers. Of course, “fixed wireless access” existed prior to 5G, but its improved speeds, radio performance and wider bands means it is a more capable underlying architecture for delivering digital transformation, including for enterprises.
Askhat Uzbekov, Kcell CEO, commented: “In addition, the transition to 5G allows the creation of a stack of technological platforms around which ecosystems are formed, and the telecom operator becomes a provider of platform services, which are implemented by these technological platforms and provided to ecosystem partners. The operator can create and provide digital services itself, i.e. it can still be a provider of end services, but now it will create these services much faster and in much greater quantity and variety than it does today. And I think working with Ericsson will allow us to realize all these opportunities in the most efficient and seamless way”.
Andrea Missori, Head of Southeast Mediterranean and Eurasia, Ericsson, said: “We are excited to extend our partnership with Kcell as it marks a significant milestone towards positioning Kazakhstan at the forefront of Eurasia telecommunications innovation. We are building a network of the future that will not only offer superior connectivity for Kcell customers but also deliver an innovation platform that can help to transform industries and pave the way to a more connected digital society, fostering economic growth and societal advancement.”
Kcell is a national provider of digital telecommunications services: mobile communications and converged fixed-line communication (FMC) services, data transmission and internet access, financial services, digital services and mobile applications, IT solutions in the areas of systems integration, Internet of Things, machine-to-machine, big data and cloud computing.
Kcell has become the largest digital ecosystem in Kazakhstan with a competitive advantage through its value-added services such as mobile financial services, mobile TV, online movies, music, books and magazines, as well as unique solutions for business customers. The company holds leading positions in the B2B market thanks to its strategy of vertical infrastructure solutions and development and implementation of the cutting-edge technologies. The company operates under its two brands – Kcell and activ that are widely recognized in our highly competitive telecom market due to the high quality of customer service.
Ericsson enables communications service providers and enterprises to fully utilize connectivity. The company’s portfolio includes networks, cloud software and services, enterprise wireless solutions, a global communications platform, and technology and new businesses. The products and solutions are designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and create new revenue streams. Ericsson’s investment in innovation has enabled billions of people around the world to enjoy the benefits of mobility and mobile broadband. Ericsson’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and Nasdaq New York. www.ericsson.com