Caspian In­no­va­tion Con­fer­ence gath­ers gov’t of­fi­cials, ICT ex­perts

Azer News - - Nation - By Le­man Mam­madova

Baku hosted Caspian In­no­va­tion Con­fer­ence for the first time within the frame­work of 24th Azer­bai­jan In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Ex­hi­bi­tion Baku­tel 2018 on De­cem­ber 5.

The aim of the con­fer­ence on "Dig­i­tal Link­age for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment" is to re­duce the dig­i­tal di­vide, as well as re­vise dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity for for­eign in­vest­ments and pro­vide busi­ness ef­fi­ciency.

The event brings to­gether gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, in­dus­try lead­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing man­agers of the re­gion`s largest mo­bile telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and satel­lite op­er­a­tors.

The con­fer­ence, which plays the role of a re­gional plat­form mainly fo­cuses on a such top­ics as "Broad­band Con­nec­tion", "Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence", "The In­ter­net of Things", "Elec­tronic Ser­vices", "ICT Based Start-ups and In­no­va­tive En­trepreneur­ship", "Fourth In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion" and oth­ers.

Speak­ing at the con­fer­ence, Min­is­ter of Trans­port, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and High Tech­nolo­gies Ramin Gu­luzade noted that un­til 2020, the fre­quency range of 700-800 mega­hertz in Azer­bai­jan will be re­served for the needs of LTE mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Tech­ni­cal work on the mat­ter is al­ready un­der­way.

"As in in­ter­na­tional prac­tice, fre­quen­cies will be al­lo­cated through auc­tions, and there­fore a pack­age of pro­pos­als is be­ing pre­pared for mak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate amend­ments to the leg­is­la­tion. Al­lo­cat­ing a low fre­quency range through an auc­tion will re­duce the op­er­a­tors' in­vest­ment bur­den, lib­er­al­ize the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions mar­ket and pro­mote the wide-range devel­op­ment of the LTE net­work," Gu­luzade said.

He in­formed that the in­ter­net ac­cess is pro­vided to 80 per­cent of the coun­try's pop­u­la­tion and the num­ber of wire­less broad­band users reaches 73 per­cent. About 68 per­cent of Azer­bai­jani house­holds have com­put­ers.

He also re­minded about Tran­sEurasian In­for­ma­tion Su­per High­way (TASIM) ini­tia­tive and its con­tri­bu­tion to re­gional devel­op­ment and re­gional co­op­er­a­tion.

The aim of the project is to es­tab­lish a transna­tional fiber op­tic line from Frank­furt to Hong Kong, from West­ern Europe to East Asia, that will elim­i­nate "dig­i­tal dis­tinc­tion" and open new eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for land­locked Eurasian coun­tries.

Later, Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nolo­gies of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Afghanistan, Shahzad Gul Ary­obee stated that the Caspian In­no­va­tion Con­fer­ence is of great im­por­tance to the busi­ness com­mu­nity and the con­tri­bu­tion of dig­i­tal link so­lu­tions to cit­i­zens, as many coun­tries in Eura­sia have no ac­cess to the open sea and ex­ist­ing broad­band in­ter­net high­ways at present.

The min­is­ter also talked about the im­por­tance and ad­van­tages of ASAN ser­vice, known as the Azer­bai­jani brand in the world.

Ira­nian Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Mo­ham­mad Javad Azari Jahromi noted that this im­por­tant con­fer­ence in Baku will re­veal the po­ten­tial of the re­gion. He em­pha­sized that es­tab­lish­ing co­op­er­a­tion ties in ICT sphere be­tween Azer­bai­jan, Tur­key, Rus­sia and Iran, ex­pan­sion of in­no­va­tion ap­pli­ca­tions are of global im­por­tance, th­ese four states may also take im­por­tant steps in or­ga­niz­ing star­tups in the re­gion. He has called for es­tab­lish­ment of strong re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions to face the U.S. sanc­tions dur­ing his speech.

“Es­tab­lish­ing re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions and de­vel­op­ing co­op­er­a­tion with neigh­bors are the so­lu­tion to the sanc­tions,” he said.

Turk­ish Min­is­ter of Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture Mehmet Cahit Turhan men­tioned that the con­fer­ence will con­trib­ute to the ex­change of ex­pe­ri­ence of com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ICT sec­tor in the re­gion and glob­ally. This plat­form will also be in­stru­men­tal in new co­op­er­a­tion, he added.

Vice Pres­i­dent of Huawei Gre­gory Fox said that the Caspian In­no­va­tion Con­fer­ence is a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to Azer­bai­jan's co­op­er­a­tion with Huawei. Huawei has been op­er­at­ing in Azer­bai­jan for 16 years and has 130 em­ploy­ees here. He said that the Caspian In­no­va­tion Con­fer­ence is an im­por­tant plat­form for im­por­tant dis­cus­sions on ICT.

Speak­ing about the in­tro­duc­tion of 5G ser­vices, Fox said that 4.1 bil­lion peo­ple world­wide will use LTE ser­vices by 2020. Also, ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates, the num­ber of users us­ing 5G ser­vices in 2021 will reach 740 mil­lion. At present, this ser­vice is tested in 66 coun­tries.

Then, the con­fer­ence con­tin­ued its work with ple­nary ses­sions on "The Role of Broad­band Con­nec­tion in Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment: Chal­lenges and Op­por­tu­ni­ties", "Fu­ture of Broad­band In­ter­net: 5G and Post".

Speak­ing on “Fu­ture of Broad­band In­ter­net: 5G and Post”, Pres­i­dent of Az­er­cell Tele­com LLC, Vahid Mur­saliyev in­formed the con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants on lat­est achieve­ments of Az­er­cell in LTE net­work.

“The main goal of our strat­egy is to im­prove the qual­ity of mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tion ev­ery­where, to ex­pand 4G net­works in the re­gions, to pro­vide the lat­est ser­vices and new busi­ness so­lu­tions, and to launch af­ford­able mo­bile de­vices sup­port­ing high-speed in­ter­net”, he said.

The com­pany's pres­i­dent also shared his views on 5G net­work's prospects which prom­ises pos­i­tive in­no­va­tions such as new stan­dard wire­less ac­ces­sory, high speed, easy ac­cess to the in­ter­net and cov­er­age, more ef­fi­cient use of en­ergy, and ul­tra-low la­tency (30 times more af­ford­able than 4G) used in M2M and IoT ap­pli­ca­tions, say­ing that the 5G net­work will set its po­si­tion on the mar­ket for a cer­tain pe­riod of time, not at once and Az­er­cell, in turn, is al­ways ready to in­tro­duce new tech­nolo­gies, as an ap­proved in­no­va­tor in Azer­bai­jan's com­mu­ni­ca­tions mar­ket.

Caspian In­no­va­tion Con­fer­ence is an an­nual fea­ture event of the Baku­Tel In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and cov­ers dif­fer­ent themes, such as Broad­band Con­nec­tiv­ity, Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence, the In­ter­net of Things (IoT), E-Ser­vices De­liv­ery, ICT-based Star­tups and In­no­va­tive SMEs, the Fourth In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion and Knowl­edge-based Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Cy­ber-se­cu­rity Readi­ness, etc.

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