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SES ink satellite MoU with Kazakhstan Government

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

As 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.

Specifically, RCSC will explore using SES’s O3b mPOWER constellation scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2021. The medium earth orbit, O3b mPOWER system is capable of delivering dedicated services at multiple gigabits per second.

“Today, the market for satellite communications services is highly competitive as the needs of operators and end users grow on a daily basis,” 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 an international cooperation using next-generation global high-speed, low-latency non-geostationary satellites systems.”

Together the parties will also explore creating an in-country gateway for O3b mPOWER, with SES planning knowledge transfer programmes to support the digital transformation of enterprise and government industries in Kazakhstan.

In 2020, SES has also established a local presence in Kazakhstan and will be making a direct in-country investment. RCSC and SES will also explore using O3b mPOWER services in other Central Asian countries.

“In the digital era, high-speed connectivity and reliable network access is of utmost importance to empower business and communities – especially remote ones. At SES, we take pride in leveraging our unparalleled reach and proven technology to contribute to the digital transformation of Kazakhstan through cloud-enabled satellite communications,” added JP Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks.

“We are pleased to support RCSC with our services and proven NGSO experience as they continue to innovate and expand their data services in Kazakhstan, and we look forward to more collaborations with other companies in the country.”