GSM Kazakhstan/KCell has installed its first 4G base station in the capital city Astana. In a presentation endorsed by the Ministry for Communication and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan, GSM Kazakhstan offered a presentation of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, which demonstrated data upload, speed measurement, high resolution digital video, videoconferencing, and video camera connections from Astana to Almaty, transmitted on a ‘real time’ basis. GSM Kazakhstan has said that its network will offer transmission speeds of up to 100Mbps.
Corporate communications director Aida Dossayeva commented: ‘At present we observe a vigorous growth of mobile traffic. New communication technologies need to be introduced in order to satisfy growing needs of subscribers for mobile data communication, and meet their expectations of high speed. LTE is rightfully considered one of the most advanced technologies that our country requires for innovative development’. GSM Kazakhstan’s parent company TeliaSonera became the first cellco in the world to commercially launch LTE technology when it launched in Sweden and Norway in December 2009.