Kcell continues developing data network in large cities and rural areas

In October mobile operator Kcell continued working on network quality enhancement with focus on data transfer in line with international standards. The work is conducted both in large cities and rural areas.

In October Kcell demonstrated the compliance of key categories that define the network quality in terms of accessibility and permanence of voice and internet connection with international standards, and on some positions these standards have been even exceeded. For instance, the speed of data transfer posted by Kcell is 1,9 Mbit per second while average world index fixed by Ericsson is 1,2 Mbit.  

The company continued installation of 2G and 3G base stations in order to improve voice connection and mobile internet coverage all over Kazakhstan. In October 76 base stations were installed in total, including 34 3G stations. 18 additional 3G stations were installed in Almaty, Karaganda, Pavlodar, Semei, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Kokshetau, Taraz and Uralsk. For voice coverage improvement 17 2G base stations were also installed in these cities in October.

Besides, cluster optimization was completed in central part of Almaty city and totally completed in Shymkent. This process is aimed for voice quality enhancement within 3G network. Owing to the works done the customers now may spend more time in 3G network that provides better quality of calls, less quantity of interrupted connections and high-quality mobile internet. This is a third of network enhancement activities planned by the company for the second half of 2015.

Kcell also continues developing mobile internet connection in rural areas. 16 new 3G stations were installed in such regions as Akmola, Kostanai, Zhambyl, East-Kazakhstan, Aktobe, South-Kazakhstan, West-Kazakhstan and Mangistau oblast. At the same time, 3 base stations were placed in the villages where no Kcell mobile internet was connected before. They are Mayskoye village (Kostanai oblast), Kumshagal village (Zhambyl oblast), Sarysai village (Aktobe oblast). 

One of Kcell’s priorities is providing voice connection to the small settlements with population exceeding 500 people. For this purpose 17 new 2G base stations were established in rural areas. This is, for instance, Bestogai village in Akmola oblast and Tikhookeanskoye village in North-Kazakhstan oblast where 548 and 642 citizens dwell respectively, and now they are all enabled to use Kcell company’s services.

An opportunity to call home and to any other place all over the world using activ or Kcell mobile number is now available for 300 shift workers of Chinaryovo oil and gas field located in West-Kazakhstan oblast 130 km away from the regional center. Today 86% of settlements across the Republic of Kazakhstan with population exceeding 500 inhabitants are provided with Kcell connection services.

In October some drive-tests were conducted by the company in order to control network quality in terms of voice connection and data transfer. The length of drive-tests’ routes made 2300 km covering such cities as Almaty, Taraz, Shymkent, Kyzylorda, Aktobe, Atyrau and Aktau. Besides, network quality was also checked along the roads that connect these cities with total route length of 12900 km. The comparative testing of 3 mobile operators’ networks were conducted in Shymkent and Atyrau, and engineering tests of Kcell network have been done in Almaty, Atyrau, Kyzylorda, Aktau and Zhanaozen. The best results in terms of voice connection and data transfer were demonstrated in Shymkent.