Azerbaijan seeks ways to support TAE data highway

Azerbaijan Materials 25 April 2014 16:32 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, April 22
By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:

The expansion of Trans-Asia-Europe project is not expected, considering the existing low interest to it from the member countries, a source in the Azerbaijani telecommunication market told Trend.

TAE project member-countries are: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"The project is actually nearly dead, and shows signs of life only thanks to the Azerbaijani side, which thinks how it could be developed," the source said. "Until recently many project members actually wanted to completely abandon the TAE, which inevitably would lead to its collapse".

The international TAE data highway with the length of 27,000 kilometres, connects Frankfurt am Main (Germany) with Shanghai (China). The length of TAE on the territory of Azerbaijan is approximately 800 kilometers (from the Red Bridge on the border with Georgia to the east towards Baku and to the south towards Astara city on the border with Iran). The construction of Azerbaijani segment began in 1999.

All the regional telecommunication hubs in Azerbaijan have been connected to TAE after the establishment of fiber optic communication between Ganja and Dashkesen in 2012. In early 2013, Azerbaijan in the face of Ministry of Communications and High Technologies took the control over TAE for the period from 2013 to 2015.

"Today Azerbaijan considers TAE as the basis for a joint implementation of TASIM (Trans-Eurasia Information Super Highway project). Talking about whether these two projects docked to each other or not, is impossible, since no decision on the matter has has been made yet," the source said.

The first segments of the TAE network was commissioned in October 1998 and had a capacity of 622 Mbit/s.

Translated by S.I.
Edited by S.I.