Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan work out several issues over TASIM

By Aynur Karimova

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are working out several issues for signing of certain documents as part of laying the Caspian segment of the Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway project.

This was stated by Elmir Velizade, Azerbaijan's Deputy Communications and High Technologies Minister on March 17.

He told Trend that earlier, the agreement on construction of the underwater segment of the TASIM project was achieved at the level of communication administrations of the two countries.

Over the past several years, Azerbaijan has pioneered a number of important initiatives in ICT sector that have undoubtedly contributed to unlocking the region’s huge potential to meet its development aspirations. TASIM is one of such projects.

The TASIM project with an initial cost of $100 million envisions creating a major transit link from Frankfurt to Hong Kong. The line will connect major centers of data exchange in Europe and Asia together, stretching through China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, and Germany. A reserve North transit line will pass through Russia, Ukraine and Poland.

TASIM will be implemented in two stages. The project is expected to come on stream at a cost of $100 million. The length of TASIM will stretch over 11,000 kilometers and its initial network bandwidth will reach 2 Tbit/s.

Today, Azerbaijan is looking for ways to attract new members to TASIM. The country is eying primarily the countries of Eurasia from Western Europe to Eastern Asia.

Iran has already expressed readiness to cooperate with Azerbaijan on the TASIM project. China, the world's second largest economy, also attaches significant importance to the project.

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