The Kazakh government has approved the Accessible Internet national project, which aims to provide broadband access to the population at a minimum speed of 100 Mbps. The project received a budget of over $3.2 billion and is scheduled for execution from 2024 to 2027.
As part of a test mode, Kazakhstan introduced broadband internet in 10 rural schools using SpaceX Starlink technology in October. The plan now is to expand this high-speed internet access to 2,000 rural schools across the country. Starlink, a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, will be utilized for this purpose.
To ensure a balanced development of digital infrastructure, the government will focus on building an extensive network of fiber-optic communication lines in rural areas. Over 3,000 villages will be equipped with these lines. Additionally, 487 antenna-mast structures will be set up along 17,000 kilometers of roadways to extend mobile internet coverage.
The network expansion will also include the continued expansion of the 5G network within the project’s scope. By 2025, Kazakhstan aims to introduce 5G not only in cities of national significance but in all regional centers.
During a recent government meeting, Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov emphasized the importance of providing high-speed internet in remote settlements, especially educational facilities. He instructed officials to address regulatory barriers related to equipment installation procedures and the timely provision of land plots.
The Minister of Digital Development, Innovation, and Aerospace Industry, Bagdat Musin, reported that over 800 5G base stations have already been installed nationwide.
Overall, the Accessible Internet project seeks to enhance internet accessibility and connectivity in Kazakhstan, particularly focusing on rural areas and educational institutions.