Azerbaijan to be connected to new backbone network (UPDATED)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.22/ Trend H.Veliyev/
Azerbaijan will be connected to a new international backbone network, the Iranian news agency ISNA said on Wednesday.
A fibre optic cable which will run to Europe, will start from Indian Mumbai, and then pass through the territory of Iran (Chalus) and Russia (Astrakhan). Azerbaijan will be connected to the project through the Caspian segment which will run under the Caspian Sea from Iran towards Astrakhan.
The Azerbaijani segment will be connected to the EPEG (Europe Persia Express Gateway) cable line which is expected to be commissioned within two months after the completion of the offshore segment of the cable line which should be laid between Iran and Oman.
EPEG originates in Oman and will be routed to Frankfurt. It is supposed to pass through the territory of three countries (Azerbaijan, Poland and Ukraine).
Construction of the main route of the Azerbaijani segment of the EPEG cable line has been completed and the network is being tested. In parallel, work is currently underway to build additional backup route.
The bandwidth will reach about 3.2 Tbps, and its length will extend to 6000 kilometres. The preliminary project cost is more than $200 million.