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Astana, Kazakhstan • 02 May, 2024 | 15:19

Parliament Advances Bill for Nationwide Telecom Development

The amendments include subsidies and lease options for telecom operators

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On May 2, the Upper House of Parliament approved amendments to the law on nationwide telecommunication infrastructure development, QazMonitor reports citing the Ministry of Digital and Space.

Amendments: The law presents several novelties in developing the existing telecom infrastructure, fostering an environment to attract promising technologies in the field, and improving accessibility for the general population.

  • Telecom operators can now lease state-owned fiber-optic transmission line supports at no cost.

  • The state will subsidize communication services in agricultural and industrial facilities.

  • A new market participant, a virtual telecom operator, will be allowed to utilize the infrastructure of one or more mobile carriers simultaneously.

  • Mobile carriers are mandated to implement cell broadcast technology for timely emergency reporting.

  • Telecom operators must offer preferential tariffs for disabled individuals.

  • Public building construction projects must allocate sufficient space for communication equipment.

  • Fiber-optic lines will be installed along national and regional highways to extend Internet access to remote areas.

  • Telecom operators are required to provide preferential tariffs for disabled people.

  • The One-stop Service for the National Innovation System will set up a nationwide monitoring and evaluation system, providing current information on all development measures. This will allow for independent analysis of efficiency across the innovation systems.

  • Endowment funds will now be able to support innovative projects and new start-ups in science and education organizations.

  • The authority of the Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Park of Innovative Technologies Autonomous Cluster Fund, known as Tech Garden, will now shift from the Prime Minister to the head of the digitalization authority.

Meanwhile, on April 30, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev dismissed Bagdat Mussin, the now-former Minister of Digital and Space, from his position. A new minister has not yet been appointed.

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