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Kazakhstan - K'CELL Consolidates Lead As Penetration Reaches 83%

26 июня 2008

The number of mobile connections in Kazakhstan reached 12.7m at the end of Q1 08, an increase of 4.7m or 58.3% year on year.

Although this is slightly below the annual growth rates recorded in Q3 (72.1%) and Q4 07 (69.2%), it is nonetheless an impressive figure, and it is a considerable increase on the 40.0% recorded in the prior twelve months. Penetration reached 83.1% at the end of the quarter, by far the highest rate in Central Asia.

The country’s market leader is GSM Kazakhstan (K’CELL), which is owned by TeliaSonera and Turkcell joint venture Fintur. At the end of Q1 08, it had 6.5m mobile customers, 21% of whom were on contracts. Quarterly net additions stood at 483k, making Q1 the fourth successive quarter in which K’CELL gained the highest number of new connections in the market, and the third in a row in which it gained more than 50% of the total net additions for the quarter. As a result of these strong performances, its market share rose from 48.8% at the end of Q1 07 to 51.1% a year later. Its annual growth stood at 65.5%, the highest rate in the market by some margin - excluding Mobile Telecom Service (Neo GSM), which launched in Q1 07 and had a typically high first-year growth rate of 814.7%.

Neo GSM ended the quarter with 0.7m customers and 5.4% market share, although it remained behind CDMA operator ALTEL, which had just under 0.8m. Kazakhstan-Rumeli Telecom, which operates under the Beeline brand of parent company Vimpelcom, had 4.78m active customers. Its annual active customer growth rate of 36.4% was the lowest ever recorded since it began reporting active customer numbers in 2005. Year on year, its market share dropped by 6.0pp to 37.5%, it lowest figure for two years.

The fifth operator on the Kazakh market is AMPS operator Kazakhstan Wireless Communications, although we estimate to have just a handful of customers.

Источник: Cellular news

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