Cost announced for Azerbaijani section of EPEG cable line
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.1 / Trend, H. Valiyev /
The cost of constructing the Azerbaijani section of the Europe Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) cable line, according to preliminary calculations, will be approximately $3 million, Azerbaijani Deputy Communications and IT Minister Iltimas Mammadov said at the EPEG Consortium meeting in Baku on Tuesday.
EPEG partners are Iranian TIC, Omani Omantel, Russian Rostelecom and international company C & W. Azerbaijani Delta Telecom offering infrastructure for the transit of traffic passing through the line.
Mammadov said today that Azerbaijan widely uses its transit advantages in many spheres.
"Of course, the country's connection to EPEG, implemented on the international level sees the passage of telecommunications channels through Azerbaijani territory as being very important," Mammadov said.
He said the project involves Azerbaijan's optic infrastructure.
The optical line in the Azerbaijani segment has already been built to the highest specifications and only requires additional firmware that will be needed to be adapted under the project requirements, Mammadov said.
"Work in this direction should be completed by late 2011. The main topic of discussion within the project today is traffic distribution," he said.
Passage of the EPEG cable line through Azerbaijani territory, according to Mr.Mammadov, will greatly reduce its route. In addition, the important criteria playing a role in Azerbaijan's selection for input into the project is the steadiness of the Azerbaijani section, including the political and economic stability in the country.
"Azerbaijan will receive significant funds for transit traffic through this line," he added.
EPEG originates in Oman and will be routed to Frankfurt. According to expectations, it must also pass through the territories of three countries whose operators do not belong to EPEG consortium, namely Azerbaijan, Poland and the Ukraine. The routes will be organised on the basis of renting capacity in each of the three countries.
EPEGs' bandwidth will hit 3.2 Tbit / s, and its length will reach 6000 kilometres. The preliminary project cost is more than $200 million and the cable line is expected to be commissioned in May 2012.