Kazakhstan, Astana, Dec. 19 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
A 4G communication standard will be introduced in Astana and Almaty by the end of year, Kazakh Minister of Transport and Communications Askar Zhumagaliyev said at a briefing at the Central Communications Service (CCS) under the President of Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
"Telecommunications are developing intensively. We hope to launch a 4G communication standard in Almaty and Astana this year. Following this we are planning to gradually develop it in other cities of Kazakhstan. The introduction was launched as a pilot project at Kazakhtelecom JSC. Base stations were installed in the cities of Astana and Almaty to organise and conduct pilot testing of fourth-generation mobile communications, "Zhumagaliyev said.
The minister said that the 3G standard mobile communication network was put into operation in the cities of Astana and Almaty and in all regional centres of the country in 2011. Currently, the introduction of this technology is in process.
"Provision for residents in the district centres and towns with a population of 10,000 or more with the third generation communication service is planned for the beginning of 2015," he said.