The introduction of 5G technology and the provision of high-speed Internet in schools located in remote communities were topics discussed at a government meeting chaired by Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Alikhan Smailov, QazMonitor reports citing primeminister.kz.
During the meeting, Minister of Digital Development, Innovation, and Aerospace Industry, Bagdat Mussin, reported that more than 800 5G base stations have been installed by telecom operators in Astana, Almaty, Shymkent, and regional centers. However, accelerating the implementation of this technology necessitates the removal of several regulatory barriers that significantly impact the launch timing of communication stations. This includes simplifying equipment installation procedures, aligning sanitary rules with international standards, and ensuring timely provision of land plots.
Alikhan Smailov reiterated that, following the head of state's directives, the 5G network should be introduced in all cities of national importance and regional centers by the end of 2025. The Prime Minister emphasized the prompt elimination of unnecessary administrative barriers to provide the population with high-quality, high-speed Internet.
Additionally, the meeting highlighted that in October of this year, ten rural schools were connected to broadband Internet via the Starlink technology of SpaceX company in a test mode. This network boasts data transmission speeds of up to 200 Mbit/s. The plan is to connect a total of 2,000 educational facilities in remote settlements of the republic to high-speed Internet. The delivery and maintenance of the relevant equipment will be executed as part of this initiative.
The Prime Minister stressed the importance of simultaneously focusing on the development of educational programs for rural schools alongside the introduction of modern communication networks. Utilizing new digital formats and approaches can enhance student engagement and improve the overall effectiveness of the educational process.