Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 13 / Trend E. Mehdiyev, H. Valiyev /
The Azerbaijani telecommunications satellite - Azerspace- 1 started to bring revenues, Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technologies Iltimas Mammadov said in the Youth Association's office of the New Azerbaijan Party on Thursday.
According to Mammadov, the Azerbaijani satellite was put into orbit in early 2013.
"A new source of income is very important for Azerbaijan in terms of redirecting the oil capital for the development of other sectors of the economy," he added. "ICT field was chosen as a priority [ after the oil sector ] by national leader Heydar Aliyev and in subsequent years. Special attention was paid to the development of this sphere in subsequent years.
The importance is attached to the development of broadband infrastructure throughout the country today. According to the broadband internet development project, to be implemented in 2013-2015, Internet speed in remote villages of the country will hit 10 Mbits / s and regional centers - 30 Mbit / s, in Baku - 100 Mbit / s.
"Most of the needs of the population in ICT have been met and the work is underway," he added.
Rector of Caucasus University Ahmet Sanic, rector of the Baku Higher Petroleum School Elmar Gasimov and chairman of the Youth Association of the ruling party Seymur Orujov also attended the meeting.
"Azerbaijan pays special attention to the development of the ICT sector," Orujov added. "Increasing the level of students' knowledge in this area will impact the intensive development of the sphere in the future."
Rector of the Baku Higher Petroleum School congratulated the students and stressed the dynamic development of the ICT sector in Azerbaijan. According to Gasimov, today the ICT field and engineering is of particular importance for Azerbaijan.
"The construction of large industrial complexes in Azerbaijan increases the need for specialized personnel in the sphere," Gasimov added. "Students in Azerbaijan show great interest in IT- engineering. Opening of new universities in Azerbaijan is one of the important actions taken by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in turning oil capital into human capital."
At the end of the event, students were awarded with a three-year package of free use of electronic services and other gifts and certificates of the Youth Association.
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