Kazakhstan’s three main operators have agreed to collaborate on a shared network to boost mobile broadband coverage in remote regions.
The agreement has been signed by Beeline (KaR-Tel), Kcell and Tele2. The latter two operators are owned by Kazakhtelecom, the country’s incumbent fixed-line provider.
Under the deal, the network will expand access to all towns with populations of between 250 and 1000 people, as well as covering national and regional highways and railway lines.
KT’s subsidiaries will construct 65% of the network infrastructure, with Beeline providing the remainder. Each operator will deploy and manage the required infrastructure for their own coverage zones, allowing the other partners to use it as necessary.