Kazakhstan inks satellite MoU with SES

Kazakhstan inks satellite MoU with SES

Kazakhstan’s Republican Center for Space Communications (RCSC) and the global content connectivity solutions provider SES have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore satellite service agreements.

RCSC is a subsidiary of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation, and Aerospace Industry. The collaboration aims to accelerate the country’s Digital Kazakhstan project.

The communications solutions firm said in a press release that as per MoU, RCSC will explore utilising SES’s next-generation, high-performance, low-latency constellation scheduled to launch in Q3 2021. Located at 8,000km away from the Earth’s surface in a medium earth orbit (MEO), the fully-funded O3b mPOWER system will provide global coverage with as few as six satellites, and will ramp capacity with its current plan of 11 satellites.

The system is capable of delivering dedicated services at multiple gigabits per second with unprecedented flexibility and resiliency, ensuring constant, efficient usage of bandwidth, it said.

“Today, the market for satellite communications services is highly competitive as the needs of operators and end-users grow daily,” said Malik Zhuiriktayev, chairman of the board at JSC (RCSC).

“An increase in channel throughput and high-quality requirements calls for an introduction of new services, and we cannot disregard the opportunities that new satellite technologies will deliver. Therefore, we are looking into international cooperation using next-generation global high-speed, low-latency non-geostationary satellite systems,” Zhuiriktayev added.

Besides, RCSC and SES will also look into using O3b mPOWER services for other Central Asian countries with ubiquitous broadband access to the Internet. In 2020, SES has also established a local presence in Kazakhstan and will be making a direct in-country investment.

RCSC was designated by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan as the National Operator of the Space Communication and Broadcasting System "KazSat" and is a leading enterprise in the implementation of activities on communication issues in the telecommunications market Kazakhstan. The space system "KazSat", which is operated by RCSC, makes it possible to implement efficient and reliable satellite communication channels in the Republic of Kazakhstan.