Kazakhtelecom has launched a new GSM operator, despite already having stakes in two of the country’s three cellular providers. The new operation, Mobile Telecom Service, is trading under the name NeoTelecom, and plans to sign 700,000 subscribers by the end of the year, Prime Tass reports. Kazakhtelecom has a 49% stake in the country’s largest cellco, GSMK, which has around 3.4 million subscribers, as well as a 50% share of minor player Altel, which has an estimated 200,000 customers on its CDMA2000 network. The country’s other cellular provider, KaR-Tel, is part-owned by Vimpelcom of Russia and claimed 3.23 million customers at the end of September.
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