Where big communications companies have fallen short in spreading the reach of the Internet in Kyrgyzstan, a startup is picking up the slack.
A major landmark for connectivity was sealed in 2011, when Kyrgyzstan adopted 4G technology, opening up the prospect of reliable Internet access for customers living far from landline grids. Yet while the country’s soaring peaks and heavily rural features may hold appeal for visitors, they complicate the challenge of taking wireless Internet nationwide.
Erzhigit Imamov, a resident of Novopokrovka, a village 15 kilometers outside Bishkek, learned that first-hand when he looked into hooking up his computer using 4G. “In 2011, when local Internet provider Saima Telecom brought in 4G technology, I was one of the first to get a modem. But they warned me in the office that they could not guarantee a signal in my area,” Imamov told EurasiaNet.org.
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Aktan Rysaliev is a pseudonym for a journalist based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.