Installation of 700 Base Stations Planned for This Year

During the panel session "5G: Driver of Digital Transformation," Erzhan Meyramov, the Chairman of the Telecommunications Committee of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations, and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, answered questions from journalists. He also noted that various issues with base stations arise due to radiofobia.

"To simplify the procedure, we, in collaboration with deputies, are amending the law 'On Housing Relations,' according to which the condominium management body (OSI) will have the authority to decide on the installation of equipment on the roof of the building. This should simplify the process of obtaining consent. Various approaches are being implemented. For example, we have launched electronic voting through a QR code with votes 'for' or 'against' the installation on a pilot basis. Additionally, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, we plan to start a national study on the impact of base station operation on people's health, with the aim of subsequently revising the norms for the permissible level of base station radiation," said Erzhan Meyramov.

It's worth noting that during the briefing at the Digital Bridge 2023 forum, the Minister of Digital Development, Innovations, and Aerospace Industry, Bagdat Mussin, stated that by the end of 2025, more than half of the major cities in Kazakhstan will be connected to 5G.

"As per the plan, we have the installation of 700 base stations this year. Operators are already surpassing these figures, and by the end of the year, they will install more than a thousand base stations," stated B. Mussin.

As a reminder, the Digital Bridge 2023, the largest IT forum in Central Asia, took place in the capital of Kazakhstan on October 12-13. The main theme of the forum was the discussion of the role of artificial intelligence in the modern world - "Artificial and Human Intelligence: The Right Balance."

The two-day forum program included significant events, such as a plenary session with the participation of the Head of State and one-to-one meetings with him, 30+ panel sessions with international speakers, the signing of agreements, events from Google for Startups, the shooting of the startup reality show "Meet the Drapers," Digital Bridge Awards, Astana Hub Battle, Startup Alley, a job fair, and a series of exhibitions featuring corporations, robotics, VC, IT schools, and regional IT hubs.

The organizers of Digital Bridge 2023 were the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations, and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the city administration of Astana, and the international tech park Astana Hub. The general sponsor was, and sponsors and partners included Freedom bank, Visa, Yandex, Citix, Ozon, TTS, Halyk, Eurasian bank, BI Group, Allur, Bereke bank, Huawei, Mycar, Kazakhtelecom, Kcell, Tele2, Altel, Beeline, KazMunayGas, Qazaqgaz, Bitrix 24, QIC, KDSS, 7Generation, and Binance.

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