Kcell to support Global e-Government Forum

 

The global forum on electronic government is taking place in Astana these days. The key subject of the forum is “Smart management for sustainable development: new partnership opportunities in the network society.” Cellular operator Kcell became a platinum partner of the forum.

Global e-Government Forum has been held since 2012 with the support of UN. The decision to hold the global forum in Kazakhstan was made in 2013. Our country is actively developing the fields of ICT and electronic government. In the UN ranking for 2014 Kazakhstan stands in the 28th position, having gone up 10 positions in just 2 years.

At the Global e-Government Forum-2014 Kcell will be presenting their project on development of electronic government with the use of cellular communication technologies, namely, implementation of mobile electronic digital signatures (EDS) for automation of government services. Dmitry Friesen, head of O2O department in the Eesti Telecom Company, the Estonian subdivision of TeliaSonera, was invited as an expert in development of mobile EDS.

“In Kazakhstan, only 2 million people out of the whole population use EDS, while 90% of Kazakhstani people use cell phones with the total market penetration exceeding 180%. Cellular communication is a convenient infrastructure for optimizing the use of mobile EDS and development of electronic government” says Dmitry Friesen.

According to the Estonian expert, mobile EDS will not only increase the numbers of potential users of e-government services, but also will simplify the procedure for accessing the services. After all, one will only need a special SIM-card with a build-in EDS and a computer or a smartphone with Internet access.

“Our company considers it a great honor to become a partner of the Global e-Government Forum-2014 “. “Kcell, as a subdivision of TeliaSonera, possesses unique expertise in the field of development of mobile e-government. Our successful experience can provide sufficient support to the further development of mobile e-government services in Kazakhstan in order to make them available to the maximum number of people in the country” commented Rickard Slunga, acting CEO of Kcell.