"Transtelecom" JSC is one of the largest communication operators in the Republic of Kazakhstan focusing on provision of a wide range of telecommunication services as well as information-and-communication services.
The "Transtelecom" JSC was established in 1999 after the alienation of non-core assets of the "National Company" Kazakhstan Temir Zholy" JSC, mainly for technical support and modernization of the existing railway communication system.
The Transtelecom JSC made its first steps to expand the network in 2005. The fiber-optical highway Almaty-Astana was put into operation that connected two large financial-economic and political centers of the republic. Its length was just over 1,3 thousand kilometers. A year after commissioning of the fiber-optic highways "Dostyk-Almaty" and "Astana-Petropavlovsk", a single trunk fiber-optic link "Dostyk-Almaty-Astana-Petropavlovsk" was established with a total length of 2,722 kilometers. The "Transtelecom" JSC engaged in telephonization of the area adjacent to the railways, and as the company's revenues increased, the range of services increased as well. Within the period from 2007 to 2012, the "Transtelecom" JSC held leading positions in the market for providing operators with access to the Internet.
For the purpose of further development of the trunk communication lines, on December 1, 2009, an agreement was signed with Alcatel-Lucent to supply and install a large backbone transportation network of the Kazakh company. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development allocated funds for the project implementation. Construction of new fiber-optic communication lines began in March 2010 and was conducted simultaneously in three sections. The trunk cable route was put along the railways in the right-of-way for the stations and separated points. It was not an easy task to lay the track considering various categories of soils and the inaccessibility of some areas.
In addition, the branching of fibers from the main cable was carried out in order to establish the communication channels and connect to the trunk line of subdivisions of the NC KTZh JSC, Transtelecom JSC and other enterprises. Fiber-optic communication line with a total length of more than 3.9 thousand kilometers was launched in September 2011. Thus, the total length of fiber-optic links on the railway network of the Republic of Kazakhstan is now more than 6.6 thousand kilometers.
The railway lines are connected to the new communication line: Astana-Pavlodar-Semey-Aktogay (1,308 km), Shu-Arys (with access to Saryagash and the state border with Uzbekistan), Kyzylorda-Kandyagash (2,067 km) Kok-Novoishimskaya (with access to the Presnogorkovskaya station) - Kostanay (576 km). The total length is about 4 thousand kilometers.
The communication line was put into operation at the Transport Control Center of the "NC KTZh" JSC by the Minister of Communication and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Zhumagaliyev and the President of "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy" Askar Mamin.
Askar Zhumagaliyev, the Minister of Communication and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan, noted the special importance of this project. According to him, the commissioning of the highway will make possible to suggest the whole range of modern services in the settlements located in the area adjacent to the railway and will be another step to achieve a 100-percent level of the telephone communication digitalization by the year of 2015.