Kazakhstan eyes new telecom satellite for Central Asia


ASTANA -- Kazakhstan is preparing a new communications satellite to serve Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, AKIpress reported Monday (November 5), citing the Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industry.

Kazakhstan is planning to replace the KazSat-2 satellite with KazSat-2R. KazSat-2 has been in orbit since 2011 and is expected to reach the end of its life span in 2023.

The new satellite will provide "fixed satellite communication channels as part of the implementation of the Digital Kazakhstan government programme", the ministry said.

"This includes broadband internet access, including in remote rural settlements of the country, as well as the subsequent provision of telecommunication services to end users [government agencies, law enforcement agencies and the corporate and private sectors] of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan," it said.

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