Remote villages of Kazakhstan connected to the Internet

Akterek, Shilibastau and Beriktas villages of Almaty region were connected to the Internet as part of a demo project for testing high-speed communication channels using the O3b satellite communication system, which is being implemented by SES, AsiaNetCom and the Republican Center for Space Communications. Within a month, about six thousand people can use the Internet in test mode, a NUR.KZ correspondent reports. 

The villages of Akterek, Shilibastau and Beriktas were identified as pilot projects due to their remoteness from large settlements and major highways. This makes it difficult for them to connect to the Network with terrestrial communication technologies. In total, there are 617 such villages in Kazakhstan. “We are studying the issue of using satellite technologies to provide them with high-speed access to the Internet. Today's demonstration of the SES satellite system is the first step in that task. This step is aimed at ensuring that we can get acquainted with the capabilities of this system, test the declared parameters of the company. After that, the key conditions and the possibility of using the technology on a wider scale will be discussed,” said Malik Olzhabekov, Vice Minister of the ICRIAP. 

Malik Zhuiriktaev, Chairman of the Board of JSC RCKS, in turn, said that in the villages of Akterek, Shilibastau and Beriktas, SES will provide access to the Internet via satellite communication channels within 30 days within the framework of a cooperation agreement signed with the RCCC this year. For the demonstration, non-geostationary satellites of the first generation O3b from SES are used. “We are considering a number of proposals for today. One of the interesting solutions is an offer from SES. In fact, there is still a lot of work to be done. At the first stage, we are testing the technical capabilities of the O3b MEO constellation. Further analysis will be carried out. Then the final consolidated decision will be made,” he assured.

fAccording to him, satellite technologies are characterized by high mobility and the ability to deploy networks regardless of distance from the point of consumption, terrain, and can provide communication on the principle of "here and now." Meanwhile, SES CFO Sandeep Jalan said that the peculiarity of the O3b satellite constellation is that it operates in MEO (from Medium Earth Orbit), which is located at a distance of 8 thousand km from the Earth's surface, that is, due to the close distance O3b constellation, it becomes possible to reduce the signal transmission delay between satellite and ground terminals by four times. 

f“Our team, along with our partners, has worked tirelessly to deliver this program. To date, we have achieved 380 Mbps downlink and 120 Mbps uplink. This is the record speed ever achieved using satellite communication channels in Kazakhstan,” he stressed. By the way, during the press conference on the launch of the demo project in Nur-Sultan, the organizers held a zoom-conference with the akim of Akterek village Gani Shortanbaev. 

f“I am glad that we have the opportunity to connect to the Internet so quickly and easily. Everything works well, the picture is clear, high quality, the sound is smooth. I hope this test project will be the beginning of a big project of the future. We need the Internet for work, study and, of course, entertainment, as well as communication with family and friends. Despite the fact that the launch took place quite recently, the results are already visible - many issues have been resolved faster,” he said. And soon, in early 2022, SES will launch the next generation of even more powerful O3b mPower satellites into orbit. This means that there will be even more opportunities for the development of digitalization around the world, including Kazakhstan.


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