The number of mobile subscribers in Kyrgyzstan increased by around 500,000 in 2010 to reach a total of 4.9 million at the end of the year, news agency 24.kg reports, citing figures from the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC). At that date, wireless coverage stood at over 85% of the territory of Kyrgyzstan.
Meanwhile, the ministry said that investment in the country’s telecommunications sector totalled USD69.5 million in 2010, up 54.6% year-on-year. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Kyrgyz mobile market is home to six operators: GSM firms Sky Mobile (Beeline), BiMoCom (Megacom) and Nur Telecom (O!); CDMA-based companies Aktel (Fonex) and SoTel (Nexi); and TDMA network operator Katel.