Ambassador: Kazakhstan stands ready for fiber-optic cable to Azerbaijan across the Caspian Sea

Ambassador:  Kazakhstan stands ready for fiber-optic cable to Azerbaijan across the Caspian Sea
# 12 December 2008 16:02 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Ilhama Isabalayeva - APA. Kazakhstan is ready for the proposed project of laying a fiber-optic cable to Azerbaijan across the Caspian seabed as part of the Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) that will technologically join Asia and Europe, said Kazakh ambassador to Azerbaijan Serik Primbetov.
He added that the issue has been discussed between the two countries’ relevant ministries.
“Kazakhstan has agreed to the laying of the cable across the seabed to Azerbaijan. Negotiations are under way now,” he added.
Azerbaijan also has a choice of laying a cable from Turkmenistan across the sea.
The TAE project envisions a 16,800-mile telecommunications line through 20 countries, from Frankfurt am Main in Germany to Shanghai in China. The TAE fiber optic line is designed to transmit voice, data, fax and video information.
Azerbaijan’s and Kazakhstan have signed a protocol for construction of the Caspian segment.
By calculations in 1999, the cost of the project to lay the cable on the sea bottom between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan was about $10 million but the cost may change after recalculations.
The route includes cable lines Baku (Azerbaijan)-Astara (Iran) 345km, Baku-Russia 250km and Siyazan (Azerbaijan)-Aktau (Kazakhstan) 400km.
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