Kazakhtelecom included over 40 villages in digital reality
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The project of laying fiber-optic communication lines in rural areas by the Kazakhtelecom JSC made it possible in less than two years to connect to the broadband access more than 40 villages of the republic that previously did not have any Internet access.
The largest project in the field of information communications will provide access to high-speed Internet for almost 2.5 million residents of remote villages of the country. By the end of next year, Kazakhtelecom JSC will build more than 16,000 km of fiber-optic communication lines to provide nearly 2,500 state institutions in 828 rural districts of the country. To date, hospitals, schools and akimats in 41 villages have been connected to fiber-optic communication lines (FOCL); by the end of the year, the number of rural districts covered by the project will approach 500.
“Kazakhtelecom will build fiber-optic networks at its own expense by the end of 2020, connect state institutions and budget organizations to them and ensure provision of services. The built infrastructure will be used to provide services to other market participants, including by providing resources to mobile companies for the construction of internal networks and a full range of telecommunication services, "said Kuanyshbek Yesekeyev, Chairman of the Board of Kazakhtelecom JSC.
It should be noted that as of November 6, the company connected 140 state institutions in the villages of Almaty, Aktobe, East Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, West Kazakhstan, Karaganda, Kyzylorda, Pavlodar and Turkestan regions to fiber-optic communication lines. By the end of the year, the company plans to connect another 1,326 state institutions in 458 villages of the country to fiber-optic communication lines. Internet speed in remote villages is up to 20 Mbit / s, and the quality of the project will not decrease: after construction of the fiber-optic network next year, Kazakhtelecom will maintain this network within its agreements with the state.
Prior to the implementation of the current project in Kazakhstan, there were about 1,200 villages connected to fiber optics, the current project will allow to bring their number to 2 thousand - that is, to a third of all existing rural settlements in the country (there are more than 6 thousand villages in the republic). Experts note that after completion of the current project, a further 3-3.5 thousand settlements can be covered by broadband access via radio signal. That is, the FOCL, which Kazakhtelecom plans to complete next year, may become the basis for almost 100% coverage of Kazakhstan rural districts with broadband access, provided that other companies follow the path of Kazakhtelecom.