Kcell summarized development of mobile Internet and voice communication network for 2015

 

Works for developing quality of Kcell JSC resulted in practically double increase in consumption of mobile Internet by subscribers in 2015. Apart from this the Company provided mobile internet access in 50 percent of Kazakhstani villages with population over 2 thousand people. This issue and other end year results were communicated to reporters of news media by management of the Company technical department during this accounting media event.

In 2015 the Company carried on actively developing mobile Internet access within the entire country scope. Herewith the company focused at large cities and also expansion of 3G network coverage in rural areas. As a result over 63 million GB of mobile Internet were transferred by the Company’s subscribers last year, almost a third out of this number fell on Almaty subscribers (11,3 GB) and Astana subscribers (10,6 GB). Also thanks to expansion of coverage zone Kcell mobile Internet is more accessible in 50% of Kazakhstani villages with population over 2 thousand people.

“Last year we managed to implement a whole bunch of programs and initiatives intended for improving the network quality. The fact that in 2015 our data communications network endured almost doubled growth of consuming mobile Internet indicates that our work was held on a timely basis and at a high quality level. Also active consumption of mobile data by our subscribers is a result of high popularity of Internet products which during 2015 added by a whole line of new services headed by the flagman – online television activ TV. This year we will go on developing in improving the network quality including LTE launch in all large cities of Kazakhstan and also we will offer our clients new innovative products based on data transmission”, noted Arti Ots Chief Executive Officer of JSC “Kcell”.

By results of the Company network development last year 14 villages with population from a hundred people to one thousand people had opportunity to go online through “Kcell” network. Mobile phone provider also provided data transmission for three shift camps in Kyzylorda oblast in “Kumkol” field area as well as for shift camp in Aktobe oblast. In 2015 the list of rural settlement areas in which the Company voice communication appeared for the first time was added by 21 villages with population from 500 to a thousand residents and 5 villages in which from 50 to 500 people reside including 51 residents of Karasu village in East Kazakhstan oblast.

In 2015 the Company’s capital expenses were over 18 milliard tenge including procurement of new fixed production-related assets and equipment required for expanding and improving the network quality. Thanks to this during the last year the Company installed over 1.5 thousand base stations out of which almost two third maintain 3G standard. All these activities enabled to provide mobile Internet access for 73% of Kazakhstani people. Herewith the Company’s voice communication is available in 5144 settlement areas covering the territory where 96% of the country population resides.

Also in 2015 the Company realized a large scale project for cluster optimization in 10 cities. Works are fully completed in Astana, Shymkent, Karaganda and 9 clusters of Almaty city. As drive test results show quality of voice communication signal improved by 17% in Almaty and by 10% in Astana. 64 drive tests in total were performed in 2015 in Almaty, Astana, Semey, Karaganda, Shymkent, Kyzylorda, Atyrau, Aktau and Zhanaozen and adjacent highways to ensure control over quality of voice communication and data transmission in the streets and roads.