Arti Ots appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kcell

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Arti Ots appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kcell

Almaty, 19 December 2014 - Kcell Joint Stock Company (“Kcell” or the "Company") (LSE, KASE: KCEL), the leading provider of mobile telecommunications services in Kazakhstan by market share in terms of revenue and subscribers, announces that the Board of Directors has appointed Arti Ots as Chief Executive Officer subject to receiving relevant regulatory authorisation. Earlier the Company announced the nomination of Arti Ots as Chief Executive Officer.

Arti Ots has served as Vice President for Commercial and Business Development at TeliaSonera Eurasia since May 2014. Between February 2012 and May 2014, he was CEO of Elion, Telia Sonera’s Broadband Services division in Estonia. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Ots was at Elion for 10 years and worked as Marketing Director between 2004 and 2012.  Arti holds an MBA from Henley Business School.

 

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Company Overview

 

Kcell is the leading provider of mobile telecommunications services in Kazakhstan by market share in terms of revenue and the number of subscribers. It has operated since 1998, and as at 31 December 2013 it had approximately 14.3 million subscribers, representing a market share of 46.2%, as estimated by the Company. Its estimated market share in terms of revenue was 54% for the year ended 31 December 2013.

Kcell provides mobile voice telecommunications services, messaging services, value-added services such as multimedia and mobile content services, as well as data transmission services including internet access. It has two brands: the Kcell brand, which is targeted primarily at corporate subscribers (including government subscribers), and the Activ brand, which is targeted primarily at mass market subscribers. The Company offers its services through its extensive, high quality network which covers substantially all of the populated territory of Kazakhstan.

In December 2012, Kcell successfully completed its offering of GDR’s on the London Stock Exchange and common shares on KASE. The price was set at USD 10.50 per GDR and KZT 1,578.68 per share with each GDR representing one share.  The offering consisted of a sale by TeliaSonera of 50 million shares, which represent 25 percent of Kcell’s share capital. TeliaSonera holds directly and indirectly 61.9% of the Company’s common shares.

Kcell plans to benefit from the significant growth potential for mobile data services in Kazakhstan. The Company intends to continue to invest in the deployment of its 3G network to expand coverage. Kcell aims to maintain its market leadership in terms of revenue and the number of subscribers by offering its products and services at competitive prices, expanding its offering of products and services, maintaining the high quality of its network and enhancing its brand value.