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By the end of 2020, 99% of rural population to have broadband internet access — Askar Mamin

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 10:44:47

At a government conference call chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin, issues of providing the population with broadband Internet access were considered.

Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin, Chair of the Board of JSC Kazakhtelecom Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev, Chair of the Board of JSC Transtelecom Elnar Adaybekov, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Beeline Kazakhstan Evgeniy Nastradin reported on the work carried out.

In accordance with the Digital Kazakhstan State Program, projects are being implemented in the country to lay fiber-optic communication lines and provide mobile access to the Internet in rural settlements. To date, 4,751 out of 6,459 rural settlements (97.8% of the rural population) have been provided with broadband access. Following the results of this year over 5.2 thousand villages — almost 99% of the rural population of the republic — will have access to broadband Internet.

"The development of broadband Internet access is of strategic importance for the development of the country. All plans for the current year on connecting villages to broadband Internet will be implemented in time," Mamin said.

The Head of Government instructed the akimats to expedite the procedures for the allocation of sites for the installation of equipment for broadband access projects in rural areas, the Ministry of Digital Development, together with akimats, to develop a schedule for providing high-quality Internet to villages with a population of less than 250 people.

The prime minister noted the importance of significantly improving the quality of the Internet, which is especially important in connection with distance learning for schoolchildren and students. For this, the purchase of equipment is carried out, and all the resources for monitoring the quality of communication services and the Internet are available.

“Every residential building and organization must have high-quality Internet and communications, regardless of their location. Therefore, it is important to establish specific requirements and work out the installation of appropriate equipment. The Ministry of Digital Development, together with the Ministry of Industry, needs to resolve these issues,” Mamin said.

The Ministry of Digital Development, together with the Ministry of Education, NCE Atameken was instructed to work out the issues of training IT specialists, based on the potential needs of the market.


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