Zoom counterpart developed in Kazakhstan

An analogue of Zoom has been developed in Kazakhstan. Government agencies have tested the domestic program for organizing video conferences, called ‘Qosyl’, and are already successfully conducting online meetings. The standout feature of the Kazakh product is that it has no time limit. There are plans to scale and expand the version without any limitations, as well as adapt it for use in the educational sector. It is worth noting that in 2020, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed the development of a unified online platform with all the necessary functions for a full-fledged educational process. At that time, most students worldwide transitioned to distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By autumn 2021, the Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry noted that it had reviewed 50 domestic platforms for video communication, utilizing five of them for organizing video conferences.

“The main advantage is that the Qosyl system is deployed on servers in Kazakhstan, eliminating data exchange through foreign servers. The system has also undergone testing to ensure compliance with information security requirements, a crucial aspect for state bodies. Overall, it supports all the functional capabilities needed for conducting video conferences. It is a user-friendly system that does not require specialized equipment, making it accessible for use on virtually all devices. However, we continually update and enhance the product by adding new features,” Nurislan Issakov, project leader of ‘Qosyl’, said.