Cre­ation of tran­sit and re­gional in­for­ma­tion high­way un­der­way

Azer News - - Front Page - By Le­man Mam­madova

The 24th Azer­bai­jan In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nolo­gies Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence took place at Baku Expo Cen­ter on De­cem­ber 4.

The 24th Azer­bai­jan In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nolo­gies Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence took place at Baku Expo Cen­ter on De­cem­ber 4.

Min­is­ter of Trans­port, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and High Tech­nolo­gies Ramin Gu­luzade said at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the ex­hi­bi­tion that Bakutel ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vides fa­vor­able con­di­tions for the in­tro­duc­tion of new tech­nolo­gies, es­tab­lish­ment of con­tacts in the field of IT and other new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

He pointed out that Azer­bai­jan is work­ing to im­prove the po­ten­tial in ICT sec­tor and cre­ate a tran­sit and re­gional in­for­ma­tion high­way.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions on Trans-Eurasian In­for­ma­tion Su­per High­way (TASIM) project on es­tab­lish­ment of fiberop­tic high­way con­nect­ing Europe and Asia are un­der­way.

The project was ini­ti­ated by the Azer­bai­jani Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and High Tech­nolo­gies at the meet­ing within the 14th "Bakutel" ex­hi­bi­tion-con­fer­ence in Baku in Novem­ber 2008 by adop­tion of Baku Dec­la­ra­tion. The aim of the project is to es­tab­lish a transna­tional fiber op­tic line from Frank­furt to Hong Kong, from Western Europe to East Asia. This project will elim­i­nate "dig­i­tal dis­tinc­tion" and open new eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for land­locked Eurasian coun­tries.

In 2009, the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly adopted a spe­cial res­o­lu­tion on TASIM project, ac­com­pa­nied by the res­o­lu­tions in 2012 and 2013 as well.

In 2013, a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing was signed with 5 tele­com op­er­a­tors par­tic­i­pat­ing in the project.

The tran­sit line will reach Ger­many, pass­ing through China, Kaza­khstan, Azer­bai­jan, Ge­or­gia and Tur­key.

The re­al­iza­tion of TASIM will con­sist of two stages: in­stal­la­tion of the main In­ter­net-tran­sit in­fras­truc­ture con­nect­ing the West and East; af­ford­able ac­cess pro­vi­sion to Eurasian coun­tries with­out open ac­cess to the tran­sit in­fras­truc­ture.

The min­is­ter also said that the work on the ap­pli­ca­tion of new tech­nolo­gies has been re­cently car­ried out, the Azer­bai­jani postal ser­vice acts as a tran­sit post, the cargo from China is sent to other coun­tries through the Azer­bai­jani mail. A big re­gional DATA cen­ter meet­ing Tier3 stan­dards was cre­ated in the coun­try as wide­spread use of ICT makes it nec­es­sary to keep in­for­ma­tion se­curely. Data cen­ter in Azer­bai­jan meets the most se­cure and up-to­date stan­dards in the re­gion.

Azer­bai­jan, Iran, Rus­sia and Tur­key also held a round­table on re­gional co­op­er­a­tion in the field of ICT within the frame­work of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Ramin Gu­luzade, Rus­sian Min­is­ter of Dig­i­tal Devel­op­ment, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mass Me­dia Kon­stantin Noskov, Turk­ish Min­is­ter of Trans­port and In­fras­truc­ture Mehmet Cahit Turhan and Ira­nian Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Mo­ham­mad Javad Azari Jahrami at­tended the meet­ing.

The meet­ing dis­cussed is­sues of devel­op­ment of startup ecosys­tems, satel­lite, postal ser­vices, cy­ber se­cu­rity, co­op­er­a­tion in the devel­op­ment of in­ter­na­tional fiber-op­tic net­works, de­sign and man­age­ment of tech­nol­ogy parks, as well as in­for­ma­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence shar­ing.

It was de­cided to es­tab­lish a con­sor­tium for fur­ther devel­op­ment of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies.

The sides are ex­pected to co­op­er­ate in the fields of satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tion, cy­ber se­cu­rity, the devel­op­ment of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fras­truc­ture, etc.

The Ira­nian side has agreed to hold the next sim­i­lar meet­ing in Iran.

The in­vest­ment in ICT sec­tor reached to 225 mil­lion man­ats ($ 132.39 mil­lion) over the first nine months of 2018. The sec­tor's rev­enues in­creased from 1.1 bil­lion to 1.2 bil­lion man­ats (from $ 0.65 bil­lion to $ 0.71 bil­lion) and the growth rate of rev­enues was 7.7 per­cent.

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