This project is being implemented in a test mode using the capacity of the Express-AM5 spacecraft. The signal is uplinked from the RSCC’s Khabarovsk satellite communications control center using the capacity of the Ka- / Ku-bands.
Enhancement of satellite communication systems in Yakutia was one of the key topics at a business meeting held there in February 2017. The meeting was attended by top executives of the Ministry of Communications of Russia, the Federal Communications Agency, the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC), and the Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
To implement the decisions adopted at the meeting, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) together with the RSCC, ZAO Satis TL-94, and Yakutia’s Technical Center of Television and Radio Broadcasting have developed proposals for state-of-the-art technical solutions and a new approach to arranging satellite communication channels in order to bridge the digital divide in the region. In July 2017, a decision was announced to implement in Yakutia a pilot project, putting in place high-speed satellite communication channels, among other things, for enhancing Internet access.
On December 26, 2017, as part of the pilot project in Belaya Gora (Abyisky ulus), an extra satellite communication channel was put into operation that will boost the existing communication capacity to 10 Mbit / s in the receiving channel and to 2 Mbit / s in the return link. This project is being implemented in a test mode using the capacity of the Express-AM5 spacecraft. The signal is uplinked from the RSCC’s Khabarovsk satellite communications control center using the capacity of the Ka- / Ku-bands.
As the Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of Yakutia Alexander Borisov noted, the new option of using satellite communication channels is realized for the first time. The option is intended to reduce the cost of organizing communication channels and routing customer requests through portals in Yakutsk and Khabarovsk. "In the near future similar facilities will be installed in the villages of Usun-Kuel and Khatynnakh (the Verkhnekolymsky and Srednekolymsky ulus, respectively) whose residents currently have difficulties in accessing the Internet,"- added the head of Yakutia’s Minsvyaz.
Yuri Prokhorov, General Director of the RSCC, stressed that "many years of operating the RSCC orbital constellation confirm that in complex natural and climatic zones and remote regions, to which Yakutia belongs, satellite communication systems remain the most optimal solution for providing digital television networks, up-to-day communication services and broadband access."
The project is being implemented in close cooperation between the following satellite communications operators: RSCC, ZAO Satis TL-94, and Yakutia’s Technical Center of Television and Radio Broadcasting. Based on the results of testing the new communication facilities, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) will supervise the planning of a short-term program for eliminating the digital divide and extending satellite communication channels to reach remote settlements of the Republic.