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Basics Edit

There are three GSM-based operators in Kyrgyzstan:

  • MegaCom (by JSC Alpha Telecom)
  • Beeline (by Sky Mobile)
  • O! (by Nur Telecom)

Three other smaller operators called Katel, Nexi and Sapat Mobile use GSM-incompatible CDMA for 2G and are not on the list. 2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G on 2100 MHz (and 900 MHz on MegaCom) in up to DC-HSPA speed on the three major operators. 4G/LTE started on O! in 2014 and on MegaCom and Beeline in 2016 on 800, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz. Their 4G/LTE networks now cover a significant proportion of the country as the 3 major mobile operators gain momentum in their rollout of these faster networks.

Coverage and speeds are generally good in the major cities, but can be very slow to non-existent in the countryside.

Buying a SIM card Edit

When purchasing a SIM card, you officially have to show a photo ID. Since 2014 SIM registration in Kyrgyzstan is compulsory. Existing SIM card holders must register personal ID details. All unregisted SIM cards have been disconnected in 2016. Start-up price for prepaid SIM cards is around 80-200 som.

There are many mobile provider shops in town and even more outlets to top up. Almost every 5th house in the country has a small store called "magazin" and does top-ups. On central squares, you can find small booths with ladies doing the recharge and self service terminals with touch screens. There you have to enter your mobile number and feed it with coins and notes. Language is Russian only, but quite easy to figure out because of lot of graphical elements on the screen.

The manned top-up outlets sell scratch cards. But mostly you just tell (or show) the lady your mobile number to top up. They will add a 5 som fee for the service and type in some special codes to add balance.

MegaCom Edit

Megacom

MegaCom, owned by JSC Alpha Telecom, is the market leader in this country with 37% customer share. It has the best coverage: 98% of the population are covered by 2G and about 2/3 of the populated areas by 3G in 2015. This means that you have good coverage in the cities, but it can become patchy elsewhere: coverage map.

In 2017 3G frequencies on 900 MHz were added for more coverage. They started 4G/LTE in the cities of Bishkek, Osh and Jalal-Abad in 2016 and started in regional cities in 2017, partly open for prepaid.

Availability Edit

SIM cards are available in their stores and service points for around 10 som. If you want to get one as you arrive at Manas International Airport, you will find a MegaCom booth immediately to the right as you exit customs. For a map of other locations, go to the coverage map linked above.

There are numerous places to top-up your prepaid balance as well. Most small stores will do this for you for a small surcharge (of 5-15 som). To top-up by scratch card type *555*<PIN code>#.

They have a big selection of different plans to choose from:

Basic (Базалык) Plan Edit

All new SIM cards start on their plan called Basic (Базалык). Default data is 2.95 som per MB and no 4G/LTE opened. That's why you should change soon to a different plan.

Standard (Стандарт) Plan Edit

Their standard plan is the most universal. A change costs 40 som by *303*44*1#. Data is 2.50 som per MB by default in up to 4G/LTE. These data options can be added:

  • for a lower default rate: (The connection fee for an option change is 15 som.)
    • Easy Internet: 0.95 som/day reduces default rate to 1.25 som/MB midnight to 8am and 1.95 som/MB 8am to midnight: activation by *180*1#
    • Active Internet: 2.95 som/day reduces default rate to 0.75 som/MB midnight to 8am and 1.50 som/MB 8am to midnight: activation by *180*2#
    • Accessible Internet: 1.95 som/day reduces default rate to 0.95 som/MB all day long: activation by *180*3#
  • for daily packages:
    • Unlim24: 29.95 som per day. Up to 100 MB per day high speed, beyond throttled to 64 kbps. Activation by *194*1#, deactivation by *194*0#
    • Unlim24+: 49.95 som per day. Up to 250 MB per day high speed, beyond throttled to 64 kbps. Activation by *194*1#., deactivation by *195*0#
    • Unlimited Internet: 20 som per day for 100 MB per day, then throttled to 128 kbps. Activation by *191*1#, deactivation by *191*0.
    • Unlimited Internet 200: 30 som per day for 200 MB per day, then throttled to 192 kbps. Activation by *191*2, deactivation by *191*0.
    • to regain full speed for the daily packages, these add-ons called Nitro can be added:
      • 50 MB: 10 som, activation: *190*50#
      • 150 MB: 25 som, activation: *190*150#
      • 500 MB: 75 som, activation: *190*500#
      • 2 GB night pack (valid 0.00-8.00 h): 20 som, activation: *090*1#
  • monthly packages called "day and night":
Daytime Data 4G Bonus Price Activation
200 MB 200 MB 25 som *191*1#
500 MB 500 MB 45 som *191*2#
3 GB 3 GB 180 som *191*3#
8 GB 8 GB 350 som *191*4#

The daytime allowance is valid 8am-0.30am and doubled for 4G data. Data allowance in the nighttime hours (0.30am-8am) is unlimited. Check package balance by *505#

Like Plan Edit

This is a daily tariff aimed at social media users. It costs 5.95 soms per day charged between 1am and 5am. It includes 20 MB internet in up to 4G and 1.95 som/MB for overuse. 600 MB for social networks, 600 on-net mins and 600 per month are also included. Change by *303*31*1# for a 60 som fee.

Default data on the Basic plan is 2.95 som per MB and 4G/LTE is blocked. You can change the default rate by adding one of these daily packages:

  • EasyInternet: connection fee 15 som, daily fee 0.95 som - rate: 1.95 som per MB 8am-midnight, 1.25 som per MB midnight-8am. Activation: *180*1#, deactivation: *180*0#.
  • ActiveInternet: connection fee 15 som, daily fee 2.95 som - rate 1.50 som per MB 8am-midnight, 0.75 som per MB midnight-8am. Activation: *180*2#, decactivation: *180*0#.
  • Available on internet: connection fee 15 som, daily fee 1.95 som - default rate 0.95 per MB all time. Activation: *180*3#, deactivation: *180*0#.

MegaCom has so-called "unlimited" internet options on a daily basis and classical monthly data packages. The "unlimited" options come in three sizes:

  • Unlim24: 29.95 som. Up to 100 MB per day high speed, beyond throttled to 64 kbps. Activation by *194*1#, deactivation by *194*0#
  • Unlim24+: 49.95 som. Up to 250 MB per day high speed, beyond throttled to 64 kbps. Activation by *194*1#., deactivation by *195*0#
  • Unlimited Internet: 20 som per day for 100 MB per day, then throttled to 128 kbps. Activation by *191*1#, deactivation by *191*0.
  • Unlimited Internet 200: 30 som per day for 200 MB per day, then throttled to 192 kbps. Activation by *191*2, deactivation by *191*0.
  • to regain full speed for the daily packages (except Unlimited Internet), these add-ons called Nitro can be added:
    • 50 MB: 10 som, activation: *190*50#
    • 150 MB: 25 som, activation: *190*150#
    • 500 MB: 75 som, activation: *190*500#

The classical data packs distinguish day and unlimited night traffic included plus bonus data on 4G only. They come in these monthly packs.

Popular (Элдик) Plan and Popular Internet (Элдик Интернет) Plan Edit

There are the weekly Popular (Элдик) plans that include calls, SMS and data including 4G/LTE. It comes in the following package sizes valid for 7 days:

  • Popular 50: 1050 MB, 300 on-net mins, 500 SMS: 50 som; activation: *303*50*1#
  • Popular 80: 2100 MB, 500 on-net mins, 1000 SMS: 80 som; activation: *303*80*1#
  • Popular 120: 3500 MB, 950 on-net mins, 30 off-net mins, 1500 SMS: 120 som; activation: *303*120*1#
  • Popular Internet 90: 6 GB, 100 on-net mins, 100 on-net SMS: 90 som: activation: *303*90*1#
  • Popular Internet 130: 8 GB, 200 on-net mins, 30 off-net mins, 300 on-net SMS: 130 som, activation: *303*130*1#
  • Popular Internet 130: 8 GB, 300 on-net mins, 30 off-net mins, 300 on-net SMS: 170 som, activation: *303*170*1#

An activation charge of 50 som applies if you are switching from a different plan by the given activation code. Outside of packages, data is at 0.95 som per MB. You can add for more data

  • Turboknopka 2 GB: 50 som - *290*2*1#
  • Turboknopka 5 GB: 100 som - *290*5*1#
  • Turboknopka 10 GB: 150 som - *290*10*1#

Internet forever (АР ДАЙЫМ интернет) Plan Edit

Internet is free per month, if you follow these conditions: top-up your account every two weeks for 100 som or more and keep balance above 50 som. Internet is throttled to 128 kbps. Activation for 95 som by *303*39*1#.

Device Plan Edit

This is their data-only plan aimed at tablets and laptops. Change for 40 som by *303*36*1#. Daily charge is 1 som for up to 20 MB in up to 4G/LTE. Then 21 MB up to 150 MB/day data are free. Beyond 150 MB, it will be stopped, but can be added by these device packages:

  • 1 GB: 300 som - *196*3#
  • 5 GB: 1150 som - *196*1#
  • 10 GB: 1750 som - *196*2#

Check data balance by *501# and validity by *196#.

More info Edit

Beeline Edit

Beeline-RUS

Beeline logo in Russian

Beeline operated by Sky Mobile is the biggest competitor of MegaCom in the country and has a 36% market share. It has a limited 3G coverage shown in Russian or Kyrgyz only on these coverage maps. In 2016 it added 4G/LTE on the 800 MHz frequency.

Availability Edit

Beeline.svg

Beeline logo in English

Prepaid SIM cards available with top-ups of 150-200 som. Check balance by typing *102#. To top-up by scratch card type *104#<PIN code>#. Starting up, you will be in default tariff called "Start" (Старт). There is no need to change tariffs as all have the same data options to add.

For a start you are on the tariff plan called Start (Старт).To activate data, type *181#3#, to deactivate *182#3#. Unlike MegaCom you can stay on this plan as all options can be added. Default rate is 1.1 som per MB.

Data feature packages Edit

These daily internet packages are available:

Data Price Activation
70 MB 15 som *1530*70#
150 MB 20 som *1530*150#
300 MB 30 som *1530*300#

All packages auto-renew daily. To stop enter *1530*0#. Check balance by *505#. Night package Night Zero: 2 som per night (midnight-5am), activation: *0061#, deactivation: *0061*0# - max speed is 1 Mbit/s, from the 2nd activation 10 som fee.

These monthly packages are available:

  • Unlimited: 1 GB per month: 511,88 som, activation: *749#, overuse: throttled to 64 Kbps
  • Unlimited 4: 4 GB per month: 490 som, activation: *555*19#, overuse: 0.25 som per MB
  • Unlimited 8: 8 GB per month, 990 som, activation: *555*121#, overuse 0.25 som per MB
  • Completely Unlimited: 25 GB per month: 1890 som, activation: *555*122#, overuse: throttle

Data-only SIM Edit

They additionall sell a data-only plan for tablets in tariff "Internet Tablet" (Планшет). It has a monthly data allowance of 3 GB. The monthly fee is 600 som. For the first month they give 3 GB night traffic (1am-6am) for free. Activation is by *555#705#.

More info Edit

O! Edit

O!

O! by Nur Telecom is the smallest of the three operators and has a rather limited coverage in the countryside. Starting in Bishkek, Osh and Jalal-Abad, it offers 4G/ LTE on 800 and 2600 MHz. In 2017 about 30% of population are already covered by 4G/LTE: coverage maps in 2G, 3G and 4G.

Availability Edit

Prepaid SIM cards are available for 120-200 son in their offices (locator). Default standard tariff Away! (Оной!) plan charges 2.99 som per MB. Data stays in up to 3G only.

By *155*9# you can migrate within 24 hours after activating your SIM card to plan Internet + (Интернет +) without a base rate but including 4G/LTE and a default rate of 1.99 som per MB.

Data feature packages Edit

One daily package is offered: Unlimited with 500 MB high speed data for 20 soms, throttled beyond. Activation by *070# or *170#. You can reset high speed by these add-ons:

  • Turboknopka 1 GB: 30 som - *735*1#
  • Turboknopka 2 GB: 40 som - *735*2#

These monthly packages can be added to the Internet + plan:

  • 300 MB: 190 son - activation: *085#
  • 1 GB: 290 som - activation: *080#
  • unlimited: 990 som - activation: *088#
  • 2 GB: 190 som
  • 4 GB: 450 som
  • 6 GB: 850 som

For all packages a low overuse rate of 0.25 som per MB applies.

Data-only SIMEdit

You can change a regular SIM to a data-only in tariff Unlim Internet+ by *726# with 1 GB per for 40 som. For overuse data will be throttled to 256 kbit/s.

More infoEdit

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