Azerbaijan presented draft agreement on ICT cooperation to Indonesia

ICT Materials 18 January 2010 14:00 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 18 / Trend H.Valiyev /

Indonesian Communication and IT Minister Tifatul Sembiring will visit Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Communication and IT Ministry told Trend .

During the visit, Sembiring will discuss cooperation in the ICT sector with his Azerbaijani counterpart. The Azerbaijani Embassy in Indonesia has already submitted to the Indonesian Communication Administration a draft agreement on cooperation in the ICT field.

The minister expressed readiness to discuss prospects for cooperation in appraising Azerbaijan's geo-strategic location, the adoption of Azerbaijan's project on establishment of the East-West information superhighway by the U.N. General Assembly and the country's plans to launch Azerspace telecom satellite.

Delivery of the Azerspace resources to the international market is the country's main priority. Presently, the Azerbaijani ministry is in talks with several countries regarding the implementation of 40 percent the satellite's resources. The ministry intends to deliver 80 percent of the Azerspace resources to the international market, while the remaining 20 percent will be used for intra-level.

Implementation of the satellite project will be economically advantageous achievement for Azerbaijan and the investments will be paid off within five to seven years, after which the satellite will be 100 percent profitable.

The International Telecommunication Union recognizes Azerbaijan as a country with advances in the ICT sector. Under the terms of the organization, if Azerbaijan has not launched satellites in the next five years, the position dedicated to Azerbaijan can be taken back. But in response to this, the country is ready for the period to launch two satellites at once. The launch of the first satellite is scheduled for 2011 and the second - in 2012.

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