Kcell and SES Successfully Demonstrate Cellular Network Connectivity in Kazakhstan | Your money


Kcell, Kazakhstan’s leading mobile network operator, and SES, the world’s leading satellite content connectivity provider, successfully demonstrated cellular satellite networks in remote areas of Kazakhstan. Kcell’s ground network was paired with SES’s O3b satellites operating in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) to establish and test connectivity for 3G and 4G applications.

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During the demonstration, SES’s satellite network was validated through a series of technical and end-user tests, proving its compatibility with Kcell’s network to enable low-latency, high-speed Internet.

The technical phase of the demonstration looked at potential signal delays caused by weather conditions as well as the handover process between the O3b satellites. The established network was then evaluated for quality of experience during the end-user testing phase.

The tests concluded with the following results:

  • Bandwidth has been established according to Kcell throughput requirements at 50 Mbps for 4G application and 30 Mbps for 3G application.
  • The transfer of SES’s MEO satellite network was completed without any delays or impact on the signal.
  • It was noted that the latency was five times lower than on the existing geostationary platform.
  • The cellular network has been successfully leveraged for applications such as video streaming, video calling and conferencing as well as web browsing, meeting the requirements for reliable use.

“We are extremely proud to partner for this demonstration with Kcell, a leading company that shares the same passion for connectivity as we do,” said Sandeep Jalan, Chief Financial Officer of SES. “This demonstration underscores what two like-minded companies can achieve together, and we’re excited to see the results prove how our medium-Earth orbit satellite technology can enable MNOs like Kcell to further activate and expand their capabilities.” network in Kazakhstan.

“Having been in Kazakhstan for 24 years providing high-quality mobile communication services to citizens, we are always looking for new ways to improve our connectivity services and diversify our networks,” said Kirill Strashenko, Acting CTO at Kcell. “Working with SES on this demonstration, we had the pleasure of being one of the first mobile operators in the country to test the capabilities of its O3b satellite communications network and see the benefits.”

In November 2021, SES, together with the Republican Center for Space Communications (RCSC), a subsidiary of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry, and AsiaNetCom, a connectivity provider based in Kazakhstan, organized an MOE demonstration in remote areas of Kazakhstan to connect multiple villages with high-speed Wi-Fi networks for the first time. During the trial, record satellite speeds were recorded (380 Mbps downlink and 120 Mbps uplink), proving SES’s capabilities to bridge the digital divide in the country.

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About SES

SES has a bold vision to deliver incredible experiences anywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As a global leader in content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit satellite constellation offering a unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the world-proven low-latency O3b Medium Earth Orbit system. trade. By leveraging a large, intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner for leading companies. telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’ video network carries 8,400 channels and has an unrivaled reach of 366 million homes, providing managed media services for linear and non-linear content. The company is listed on the Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at: www.ses.com.

About Kcell

Kcell is a Kazakh provider of digital telecommunications services: mobile and fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services, data transmission and Internet access, financial services, digital services and mobile applications, IT solutions in the field of systems integration , Internet of Things, machine-to-machine connectivity, big data collection and processing, and cloud computing. Kcell is also one of the main mobile operators in Kazakhstan, offering the “smartphone+tariff” bundled service.

Kcell has become Kazakhstan’s largest digital ecosystem with a competitive advantage through its value-added services such as mobile financial services, mobile TV, online movies, music, books and magazines, and solutions unique for professional customers. The company holds leading positions in the B2B market through its strategy of vertical infrastructure solutions and the development and implementation of advanced technologies. The company’s 4G/LTE network covers 67.5% of the country’s population and provides high quality services.

The company operates under its two brands – Kcell and activ. The brands are widely recognized in the highly competitive telecommunications market of Kazakhstan due to the high quality of customer service. With its clear multi-brand architecture, Kcell increases business efficiency in the B2C segment through optimal bundle pricing, customer profitability management and network quality.

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PUBLISHED: 05/25/2022 02:00 AM/DISC: 05/25/2022 02:02 AM