At present, 81 settlements have been connected to the fiber-optic communication line in the republic.
The length of the fiber-optic communication line (FOCL) at the end of 2018 in Yakutia will be more than 6 thousand km and cover 75% of the population of the republic. This was announced on Monday by the Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of the republic, Aleksandr Borisov, during the opening of 4th Inter-Regional Conference E-Yakutia in Yakutsk.
"At the moment more than 4 thousand km of fiber optic communication lines have been laid in the republic, 81 settlements have been connected, by the end of 2018 the length of the fiber optic link will reach 6038 km and will cover 138 settlements where 75% of the population lives," he said.
Borisov noted that, given the vast territory of Yakutia, the northern and arctic regions will not be covered by fiber communication, so their access to the Internet will be provided through satellite communications and K-band. "On the territory of the republic in 500 localities, where 25% of the population lives, there is no technical ability to connect to the fiber optic link. The only way to organize communication is satellite channels," he explained.
At the moment, 99.3% of the population of Yakutia has Internet access. "Out of 637 settlements of the republic 512 are connected to the network, remote and inaccessible villages in the arctic zone are left unreached," Borisov added.
To solve this task of providing access to the Internet and mobile communication in Yakutia, a grant has been established in the form of a subsidy to provide cellular communications to small settlements in the Arctic and northern regions with a population of 100 to 200 people. This year, six small settlements are connected to cellular communications. "Total investment in the telecommunications industry from 2012 to 2016 amounted to 12.9 billion rubles," - said the Minister.