#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Russia Digital Development Ministry plans to launch the federal project Providing Internet Access Through the Development of Satellite Communications entirely at the expense of budget money. But this does not mean that there will be no extrabudgetary funds in the project at all.
“The discussion is not over, each project has a ten-year implementation period. Initially, it was supposed to start with budgetary funds, so everything is going on this way. The satellite system is a hard-to-payback project, which is not a business project, but a serious infrastructure investment, mainly from the state”, Dmitry Kim, the Digital Development Ministry deputy head, emphasized.
He also noted that now the task is to check the possibility of assembling the satellite constellation itself. This is primarily a matter of launching an experimental sample that confirms the characteristics of the system. The issue has been resolved in principle, there is the domestic factories’ confirmation on the satellites production.
The Ensuring Internet Access through the Development of Satellite Communications federal project assumes the Arctic and the Far East zone territories coverage with satellite communications until 2024, and by 2030 – Internet access in hard-to-reach areas.
The project passport states that the total amount of its financing is expected to be 63.86 billion rubles by the end of 2024, including 33.38 billion from the federal budget and 30.48 billion from extrabudgetary sources.
At the end of December, the project passport was approved by the Presidium of the Government Commission for Digital Development, and in January of this year, the federal project was included in the Digital Economy national program.
Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: istockphoto.com and Denis Kozhevnikov