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Company Name

Kcell JSC

Ownership Type

Publicly Traded Company
State/Government Owned

Ownership/Controlling Entity



3G UMTS Frequency Bands

4G LTE Frequency Bands

Company Overview

Kcell JSC, trading as KCell, is the largest mobile carrier operating in Kazakhstan. Founded in 1998, the company operated as a subsidiary of Scandinavian telecoms giant Telia Company until December 2018.

Kcell Joint-Stock Company is the successor of GSM Kazakhstan Kazakhtelecom OJSC LLP. On August 27, 2012, GSM Kazakhstan Kazakhtelecom OJSC LLP was reorganized by transformation into a joint stock company, and the company name changed into Kcell Joint-Stock Company. On December 13, 2012, Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE) started trading Kcell ordinary shares with the trading code of KCEL. And on December 17, 2012 the GDR trading began on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

In December 2018 Telia Company announced it would divest its majority controlling stake in Kcell, which it held directly and indirectly through its Fintur joint venture with Turkcell, to state-owned Kazakhtelecom (KT). KT subsequently acquired 75% stake in Kcell.

The company provides 2G GSM services over the 900 and 1800 MHz bands and 3G UMTS over B1 (2100 MHz). 3G DC-HSPA+ was implemented January 2013. LTE services were launched in September 2016 over the B3 (1800 MHz) and B20 (800 MHz) bands, upgraded to LTE-A in early 2017 supporting carrier aggregation of the two bands to provide peak data rates in excess of 300 Mbps.

Kcell IoT

In July 2019 Kcell announced the launch of a pilot NB-IoT network in Almaty. The trial network is expected to be using B20 (800 MHz).

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2010-12 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2016-08]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features -
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
IoT Network - NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1)
Technology Status Trialling
Band Launch Date -

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