Azerbaijan, Baku, 29 April / corr. Trend E. Ismayilov, S. Babayeva/ Any company can apply for the resources essentially required for the access to the global Internet network in Azerbaijan, Iltimas Mammadov, the deputy minister of communication and information technology of Azerbaijan said to Trend .
"There are no obstacles for the companies wishing to offer internet services within the country, they can be given both optic channels as well as satellite communication," he said.
According to Mammadov, from the economic standpoint, it is disadvantageous for the companies to organize an access to the Internet themselves.
Several internet providers organized access to the Internet themselves without backbone 5-6 years ago. But later, Data Telecom, the only company of its kind in the country began to offer an access to the global Internet network, he said. "It costs companies less than before, when they switched to global internet network themselves," Mammadov said.
For instance, the channel with a speed of 1-2MB/s can cost provider almost $10,000, while it costs $1,000-2,000 through Data Telecom, Minister said.
Galib Gurbanov, the head of the Internet Society of Azerbaijan and director of Azerin provider company, believes that while obtaining internet channel the cost can be compensated depending on its capacity and speed.
Ramazan Valiyev, the head of Delta Telecom said earlier that Azerbaijan is located very far from the global Internet-backbones in Europe and U.S. and Azerbaijan can connect to them through the neighboring countries. For instance, Rostelekom has to pay $10,000 amonth for the transit with 2Mb/s channel. The operators of Georgia and Iran demand the same amount for the transit of such channel through their territory. The prices drop when there is a rise in the speed of channel.
The Baku backbone with a speed of 2 Mbit/s costs $1,000. "It shows why domestic internet providers prefer connecting through backbone that we have created in Baku," Valiyev said.
As to the establishment of the alternative backbone in Azerbaijan, Valiyev believes that it can not be a solution to improvement of internet quality and drop in internet tariffs. According to Valiyev, the most important solution of these problems is the increase in the number of the users. At present, the total capacity of Azerbaijan's channel makes up 6Gbit/s. The increase in the number of users will enable to lower internet tariffs by 50%.