The Kyrgyzstan - Telecoms, Mobile & Internet report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation. Please review the Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more details.
The telecommunications market in Kyrgyzstan has been opened up to both foreign and domestic investors in accordance with requirements set down by the WTO. Under the terms of the WTO accession, full liberalisation of the telecoms market had been expected to be achieved by end-2006. According to the ITU, Kyrgyzstan had implemented full competition across all segments of its telecoms sector by 2007. The telecom sector has been part of the final phase of a large scale privatisation program that has been underway in the country since 1992. Since the start of market reforms in 1991, the state telecommunications agency, Kyrgyztelecom has been expanding and upgrading its legacy telecom network, which was outdated and poorly distributed. With moderate expansion of the telecoms sector, upgraded standards have been adopted and a new regulatory authority instituted to oversee the sector. Kyrgyztelecom was restructured as a public corporation in 1997 and the government has been working towards a partial sale to the private sector. Around 10% of the company quickly passed into private hands. By end-2008 the government was still holding almost 78% of Kyrgyztelecom.
Private operators, which actively operate in the mobile market and in the provision of Internet services, have been investing heavily in the relevant infrastructure. With four mobile networks in operation, the two big GSM operators - Bitel and MegaCom - have been dominating the market, between them claiming 86% of the total mobile subscriber base by March 2009. Since the first GSM network was launched in 1998, the number of mobile subscribers has grown rapidly from a few thousand in 1999 to around 3.7 million in early 2009. The number of mobile subscribers having jumped by a remarkable 127% in 2007, the growth eased somewhat in 2008 to deliver an annual rate of 66% for that year. Into 2009, growth in the country’s mobile market continued to moderate as the penetration approached 70%. Nevertheless, there were positive indications that the market would continue to expand for some time yet. Key highlights:
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