Kcell launches pilot LTE zones


Almaty, 29 February 2016 - 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, has launched pilot LTE standard (4G) mobile zones across Kazakhstan in the cities of Astana, Almaty, Shymkent and Aktobe.

The LTE pilot zones are located within key shopping malls in each of the four cities. This will allow Kcell subscribers to access 4G services and seek advice on the new technology at Kcell’s branded stores located within the shopping malls.

Kcell plans to open LTE pilot zones in more than 40 shopping malls, business centers and popular fitness centers in 12 cities across Kazakhstan by the end of March.

Arti Ots, CEO of Kcell, said:

“We are delighted to be launching these LTE pilot zones, giving our customers an opportunity to sample the new 4G technology and its capabilities.

“We have situated our test areas in shopping malls that have become hubs of recreation, shopping and entertainment in each city. As a result, we will be able to gather meaningful feedback on our 4G mobile internet services, to ensure that the full launch of LTE across our network meets the highest standards of quality.”


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Company Overview

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. TeliaSonera holds directly and indirectly 61.9 percent 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 and to introduce high quality 4G services in due course. 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.