Kazakhstan • 13 February, 2020

1,000 Kazakh villages to be provided high-speed mobile Internet

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Kazakh mobile operators during a meeting with the Minister of digital development, innovation and aerospace industry of Kazakhstan Askar Zhumagaliyev signed a memorandum.

Today, mobile operators Kcell JSC and Mobile Telecom-service LLP, members of the group of companies Kazaktelecom JSC, and Kar-Tel LLP agreed to jointly build a network and use frequencies to provide mobile communication to all villages of the country with a population of more than 250 people by the end of 2020.

"I am glad that our meetings and discussions have led to such a result. The schedule worked out with local administrations and approved, it included more than 1,000 villages, inhabited by 250 people or more. The project is very significant for the country. Residents of these villages will get, in fact, not only the high-speed mobile Internet but also the opportunity to use electronic services, remote training, etc. I am very glad that the Telecom operators have decided to join forces to implement this project," Askar Zhumagaliyev said.

Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev, Chairman of the Board of Kazakhtelecom JSC, said that mobile operators intend to implement this project at their own expense.

"This is a very ambitious infrastructure project that will be implemented at the expense of mobile operators themselves. The group of companies of JSC "Kazaktelecom" will assume 65% of all expenses for the construction of mobile networks, " Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev said.

According to the chief Executive officer of Beeline Kazakhstan, Yevgeny Nastradin, the project to provide broadband access to rural areas is 100% in line with the company's plans and will contribute to the digitalization of the country.

"Beeline is the market leader in the number of subscribers. And we are primarily interested in ensuring that as many of our customers as possible have access to high-speed Internet. I am sure that the agreement reached will allow us to solve this problem as soon as possible," Yevgeny Nastradin said.

It should be noted that the project is implemented within the framework of the state program "Digital Kazakhstan" for the development of telecommunications infrastructure.

According to the results of this project, by the end of 2020, 93.5% of rural residents will be covered by broadband Internet access.

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