Kazakhstan to accelerate 5G implementation and connect 2,000 rural schools to Starlink high-speed internet service

The issues of introduction of 5G technology and provision of schools in remote communities with high-speed Internet were discussed at a meeting in the Government under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov.

Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin reported that today in Astana, Almaty, Shymkent and regional centers telecom operators have installed more than 800 base stations 5G.

At the same time, for accelerated introduction of the technology it is required to eliminate a number of regulatory barriers that significantly affect the timing of the launch of communication stations. This concerns simplification of equipment installation procedures, harmonization of sanitary rules with international standards, timely provision of land plots, etc.

Alikhan Smailov reminded that on the instructions of the Head of State the work on introduction of 5G network in all cities of republican significance and regional centers should be completed by the end of 2025. In this regard, Prime Minister emphasized the need to promptly eliminate unnecessary administrative barriers and provide the population with high-quality high-speed Internet.

At the meeting it was also noted that in October this year in a test mode 10 rural schools were connected to broadband Internet via Starlink technology of SpaceX company. The speed of data transmission in this network reaches 200 Mbit/s.

In general, thus, it is planned to connect 2000 educational facilities in remote settlements of the republic to high-speed Internet. Delivery and maintenance of the relevant equipment will be carried out as part of this work.

Prime Minister stressed that in parallel with the introduction of modern communication networks it is necessary to pay attention to the development of educational programs for rural schools. In particular, through new digital formats and approaches it is possible to increase the involvement of students and the effectiveness of the educational process as a whole.

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