Kazakhstan is putting two 1×100MHz blocks of 5G mobile spectrum up for sale, with bidding scheduled for 20th December 2022.
The Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation & Aerospace Industry (MDAI) Telecommunications Committee confirmed that the available spectrum would be in the 3600MHz-3700MHz and 3700MHz-3800MHz range, and that interested parties can bid via the electronic trading platform E-auction.gosreestr.kz - with applications accepted up to five minutes before the 10:00am start on the day.
Business news outlet Profit.kz reported that the reserve price for a single block will be set at KZT1.761 billion (USD7.34 million). To acquire one of the available lots, bidders must already operate a backbone telecoms network in at least six regions of Kazakhstan, as well as the capital and other major cities.
TeleGeography reports that the country’s three main operators – Beeline’s KaR-Tel and Kazakhtelecom Group’s Kcell and Tele2-Altel – have all launched 5G pilots in anticipation of the commercial licensing process.