Protocol of Meeting of Working Group on TAE Signed in Baku
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Babayeva / On 20 April, the participants of the meeting of the working group on the Caspian Underwater Segment of the Optical Cable Main - "Trans-Asia-Europe" (TAE) signed a protocol, said Hafiz Hajiyev, the Department Chief of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Azerbaijan. According to him, the protocol includes the results of the negotiations of the representatives of the communication administrations and IT companies of Turkey, Kazakhstan, Germany, France, Ukraine, Georgia and Uzbekistan. Initial technical conditions of the construction of the Caspian Segment were defined. "The conditions will be analyzed by the heads of the working group member-countries," he said. The future destiny of the negotiations and conditions will be defined only after 2-3 month. The meeting had begun on 19 April and covered the construction of TAE via the district of Siyazan ( Azerbaijan) and Aktau ( Kazakhstan). To date, construction work of all segments of the fiber-optic cable TAE from Shanghai to Frankfurt except the Caspian underwater section have been completed, that is why the information exchange via TAE Cable is possible only via the territories of Russia and Iran. If the project starts, Azerbaijan will become the key transit country in the region. The project will allow middle Asian countries to directly link with Turkey. At the same time Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia and other countries will have the possibility to establish a better connection to China.