Residents of two remote Kazakhstan villages can now benefit from unprecedented Internet speeds via satellite-enabled Wi-Fi, through a network set up for 30 days by connectivity solutions provider SES.
The demo is implemented in cooperation with the Republican Centre for Space Communications (RCSC) - a subsidiary of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry - and Kazakhstani connectivity provider AsiaNetCom. During the demonstration, the companies have achieved 380Mbps downlink and 120Mbps uplink via SES’s O3b satellite constellation, the highest speed ever recorded in Kazakhstan via satellite.
The demo is conducted in the framework of the country’s national project “Technological breakthrough via digitalisation, science and innovation”, which aims to bridge the digital divide and bring the benefits of high-performance communication networks for healthcare, businesses, local administrations, education and more.
As part of the collaboration agreement between SES and RCSC signed earlier this year, the test demonstrates the benefits of SES’s Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) networks and its upcoming second-generation O3b mPOWER communications system. The current demo network is leveraging SES’s first-generation O3b satellites to connect an RCSC teleport located in Kokterek with the villages of Akterek and Beriktas for high-speed Internet access.
“Kazakhstan has already made progress in providing Internet connectivity to the population. However, there are still remote villages where it is impossible to deliver a network using radio relay communications or through cable connection. In those circumstances, we decided to use satellite constellations. This will allow us to expand our coverage and provide broadband Internet connection to the population of Kazakhstan”, said Bagdat Mussin, Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry (MDDIAI RK).
“The premise of national project “Technological breakthrough via digitalisation, science and innovation” is to bring the same quality of life and opportunities afforded by Internet access to every citizen of the country, wherever they live - in Nur-Sultan or in a remote mountain village. In some cases, the use of terrestrial networks is economically impractical, and we are considering the opportunities to implement innovative satellite technology to provide high-speed connectivity in those remote villages. The demo gives us an opportunity to explore the possibilities of further scaling”, said Malik Zhuiriktayev, Chairman of the Board of JSC RCSC.
Sandeep Jalan, Chief Financial Officer of SES, added: “When operational next year, our second-generation MEO system, O3b mPOWER, will further multiply the capacity delivered and bandwidth. In addition, it will deliver significantly higher speeds flexibly, catering to the increasing needs from governments, enterprises and mobile operators.”