Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Digital Development has reiterated plans to launch commercial 5G network services by 2023, under the country’s digital economy programme for 2021-2023, reports 24.kg. Officials noted that whilst the national development of 4G networks has not yet reached the desired peak level for a full 5G launch to commence, the initial introduction of 5G technology is imminent. A government statement noted that 5G was envisaged to enable smart cities, smart homes and remote-controlled vehicles, and optimise processes in industrial facilities, offices, shopping malls and social facilities.
A report from Sputnik.kg cited the Ministry as saying the following steps must be undertaken to introduce 5G technology: carry out work on the release of suitable 5G frequency bands; select a city to test the technology using 5G-capable mobile phones; and monitor the delivery of high quality mobile internet to the population.
Furthermore, Tazabek quoted Kyrgyzstan’s State Communications Agency director Talant Kalykov disclosing plans to launch a pilot 5G network by the end of 2021, with further details to follow.