Beeline Kazakhstan began a small-scale pilot of a new fixed-wireless access (FWA) internet service in the city of Makinsk, Bulandinsky district, Akmola region, the operator disclosed on its website. CPE routers for fixed-only usage are being provided, with a monthly fee of KZT7,990 (USD19). Further details of the technology being used were not announced.
KaR-Tel (Beeline) is Kazakhstan’s largest mobile operator by users and second biggest fixed broadband provider. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that it launched fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) services in 2009 while since October 2018 Beeline has also provided residential broadband services over its 4G LTE cellular network in Almaty, Nur-Sultan and Shymkent. Other FWA technologies have been utilised by the company, including WiMAX which was deployed in seven cities and formerly operated by subsidiary 2DAY Telecom (merged into KaR-Tel in December 2017). GlobalComms notes that although WiMAX is no longer advertised by the group, its parent VEON’s end-2019 report continued to list WiMAX as one of Beeline Kazakhstan’s technologies operated for business users, plus confirmed that KaR-Tel retained rights to fixed-wireless spectrum within the 2.5GHz-2.6GHz, 3.3GHz-3.5GHz, and 5.5GHz ranges.