Azerbaijan, Baku, 29 May / Trend H.Valiyev /
Production of fibre optical cables is currently under consideration in Azerbaijan, the head of the Department of Information Society of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan Isbyandiyar Aliyev told Trend.
According to Aliyev, deployment of the production will depend on the economic component and needs.
Negotiations on this issue are being carried out with an Austrian company which wants to build a plant for the production of telecommunication cables in Azerbaijan.
The production capacity of the plant as reported earlier by the ministry will meet both the internal needs of Azerbaijan with this product and deliver it to foreign markets.
The need for fibre optic will increase substantially with the implementation of the project for development of broadband Internet in Baku and the country's regions.
"Currently, the most common technology to access the Internet in Azerbaijan is ADSL which has both advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is the most rapid development of Internet connection, the down side the inability to provide high-quality access to the Internet.
Qualitative access may be obtained through optical links which today is important for Azerbaijan," Aliyev said.
As for the cost of access, according to the expert it is now much closer to the rates in force in European countries.
"Today, the question of the high cost of Internet services in Azerbaijan is not as acute as it was five or six years ago. Internet service providers gradually increase the speed of access while preserving the existing tariff bar. For example, if the cost of connection at a speed of two megabits per second costs 10 manat, over a time the consumer will receive an even greater access speed of 3.5 megabits per second and higher for the same price," Aliyev said.
The official exchange rate on May 29 is 0.7846 AZN / USD.