Eura­sia aims for tech links

Tele­com providers in eight coun­tries pledge to boost con­nec­tiv­ity

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XUWEI in Urumqi xuwei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Tele­com ser­vice providers in eight coun­tries of the Eurasian re­gion have jointly com­mit­ted to cre­ate a high-speed com­mu­ni­ca­tion network to in­crease con­nec­tiv­ity and pro­mote cul­tural and eco­nomic ex­changes.

At a fo­rum at the Fifth China-Eura­sia Expo on Wed­nes­day, 15 tele­com providers from eight coun­tries — in­clud­ing China, Pak­istan, Rus­sia and Iran — signed a man­i­festo aimed at im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity. The expo is be­ing hosted in­Urumqi, cap­i­tal of the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous week.

“We are aim­ing to push for­ward the Eurasian re­gion to achieve con­nec­tiv­ity ... in network in­fra­struc­ture and forge a more ef­fi­cient and open in­for­ma­tion network,” the man­i­festo said.

The 15 providers will hold a fo­rum every two years — or spe­cial work con­fer­ences if nec­es­sary — to en­able nor­mal­ized com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion, it said.

Chen Li­dong, deputy head of the In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Ser­vices Devel­op­ment at the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, said the sign­ing of the man­i­festo is also aimed at en­abling tele­com com­pa­nies in dif­fer­ent coun­tries to de­velop mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tions for peo­ple and re­gion, this en­ter­prises in coun­tries along the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt.

He added that China wants to help im­prove the over­all level of in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion intheEurasian­re­gio­nand grad­u­ally elim­i­nate the dig­i­tal di­vide be­tween coun­tries.

“We are also will­ing to pro­mote trade and eco­nomic ex­changes by strength­en­ing network con­nec­tiv­ity and de­vel­op­ing cross-bor­der e-com­merce,” he said.

As of June, there were more than 1.3 bil­lion mo­bile phone sub­scribers and 850 mil­lion mo­bile broad­band users in China. The coun­try also has 280 mil­lion sub­scribers of fixed broad­band, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

Chen noted that the coun­try is plan­ning to speedupthe devel­op­ment of anew­gen­er­a­tion of high-speed and safe in­for­ma­tion in­fra­struc­ture in the next five years.

Sun Kang­min, deputy gen­eral man­ager of China Tele­com, said the com­pany is com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing con­nec­tiv­ity in the global in­ter­net, and is will­ing to take the ini­tia­tive in the build­ing of an in­for­ma­tion Silk Road join­ing Europe, Asia and Africa.

“With the help of well-con­nected in­fra­struc­ture, we can break the bot­tle­neck of in­ter­net ac­cess in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive re­gion,” he said at the fo­rum.

The­com­pany is also look­ing to ex­pand in the re­gion, and will pro­vide sup­port toChina’s trans­fer of pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity over­seas, he said. It will also seek merger and ac­qui­si­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties in Ea­s­tandCen­tral Europe to boost the scale of its over­seas op­er­a­tions.

MA PING / XIN­HUA

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