Kazakhstan gains lines in WEF’s Global Information Technology Report
May 14. Tengrinews
Kazakhstan is ranked 43nd among 142 countries by cellular communications availability and rates, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Primeminister.kz.
In WEF’s Global Information Technology Report 2013 Kazakhstan is ranked 42nd with a score of 4.32 in the Networked Readiness Index. This is a 23-line leap since last year (Kazakhstan was ranked 55th in 2012).
Here is was WEF writes about Kazakhstan in the report:
“Leading the region, Kazakhstan depicts a strong performance with a rise of 12 positions to 43rd place. Improvements virtually across the board — led by a strong government vision (35th) that continues to develop the ICT infrastructure (63rd) and supports stronger ICT uptake — as evidenced by the number of Internet users (62nd), along with households with a personal computer (63rd) and those with Internet access (55th), which have almost doubled since the last observation — have driven this good result. Notwithstanding this progress, the economic impacts (66th) accruing from a higher use of ICTs remain modest in their ability to spur new services or products (92nd) and raise the national competitiveness, mainly because of a low capacity for local innovation (92nd), an educational system that is deemed insufficient for the challenges ahead (101st), weaknesses in the political and regulatory environment (77th), and some concerns about the functioning of the judicial system (94th).”
According to Kazakhstan Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications Saken Sarsenov, Kazakhstan made an impressive advancement in the rating since last year.
Speaking about rates he said: “In terms of the rates in general, Kazakhstan doesn’t have very high rates. Our rates are lower than in Russia,” Sarsenov said.
He also said that the Ministry was regulating prices of dominating operators Kcell and Beeline at the retail market. These operators cover around 80 percent of the market. “This year we checked the prices for cellular services of these operators and sent notifications instructing them to lower their maximum rates by an average of 18 percent. KaR-Tel company that owns Beeline brand agreed with the ceiling prices and lowered the rates, while Kcell is now suing us,” the Vice-Minister said.
According to Sarsenov, Kazakhstan’s new operator Tele2 is showing a serious dynamics in terms of lowering the rates. “This company is a discount-operator. This is very good for the market,” he added.
According to analytical agency ComNewsResearch, Kcell company that owns Kcell brand is the most expensive among all the operators. The average cost of its cellular communications “basket” stands at 2,270.93 tenge ($15), which is 16 percent over the average cost in Kazakhstan. Another brand of the company, Activ, exceeds the average “basket” cost by 6 percent.
According to the Agency, Tele2 is the cheapest operator in Kazakhstan as of February 2013: the average cost of its “basket” in all the country’s oblasts was 1,093.86 tenge ($7.3), which was 43 percent less than the average Kazakhstan rate (1,932.26 tenge or $12.9). KaR-Tel company with Beeline brand was in the second place: 1,855.55 tenge ($12.4).
Kazakhstan cellular communications market has four operators with Kcell, Beeline, Tele2 and Altel brands. 80 percent of the market are covered by Kcell and Beeline.