Today at the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed to ensure the timely transition of regions to digital terrestrial television and radio broadcasting.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that the transition to digital television is an important social project. Therefore, well-coordinated work and constant monitoring at all levels are required. The Ministry of Information and Communication, together with the regions, was charged with ensuring the timely transition of regions to digital terrestrial television and radio broadcasting.

Minister of Information and Communication Dauren Abayev reported on the ongoing work on the transition to domestic digital terrestrial television and radio broadcasting. The bulk of the population, including residents of villages far from district and city centers, will benefit from sound and image quality as well as an increase in the number of TV channels. A full transition to this standard will allow Kazakhstanis in regional centers to watch up to 30 TV channels, in villages and district centers - up to 15 TV channels in digital quality. The domestic package will include TV channels broadcasting news, content for children, about culture, cinema and sports.

Another advantage is the freeing of radio frequencies after the transition to digital broadcasting. The freed-up frequencies are planned to be used to develop new technologies in the communications field. For this, all-round work is carried out with telecom operators. Amendments made to the law “On TV and Radio Broadcasting” last year allowed the gradual transition of regions in accordance with the readiness of their infrastructure.

The total number of radio and television stations throughout the country is 827, to date 356 have been built. By the end of this year, it is planned to complete another 200. The remaining stations will be completed in the period from 2019-2020.

By the end of the year, construction of all stations will be completed in regions switching to digital broadcasting: Mangystau, Zhambyl and Turkestan regions, and the city of Shymkent. This will ensure 99% coverage of the population of these regions. In addition, in these regions active work is being done to provide the population with peripheral equipment and notices.

Final completion of work on the transition to digital broadcasting is scheduled for 2021.

Chairman of the Board of JSC “Kazteleradio” Iskander Tazhibekov, in turn, reported that in the framework of the implementation of the State program on the transition of Kazakhstan to digital technologies and reducing information inequality, in 2010 the satellite broadcasting network was modernized. The national satellite TV and radio broadcasting covers 100% of the territory of the Republic, which enables the population in any locality to watch domestic channels in good quality. The number of subscribers of satellite TV and radio broadcasting under the OTAU TV brand increased from 6300 in 2010 to 1.36 million subscribers. Over 4 million citizens of the country watch national satellite television. At the same time, statistics show that 74% of subscribers are residents of rural areas.

The next step was the introduction of digital terrestrial broadcasting in the modern standard DVB-S2. Step by step construction and launch of 827 stations is ongoing, they will cover 95% of the population by 2021.

The meeting was also addressed by Akims of regions where digital television broadcasting is being introduced at the end of this year: Zhambyl region - A. Myrzakhmetov, Turkestan region - Zh. Tuimebayev.

Published: 04 September 2018



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