Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan launch construction of fiber optic line on Caspian seabed

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin and Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Asadov on November 19 attended the ceremony of launching the construction of the TransCaspian Fiber Optic in Aktau, Kazakhstan. The fiber-optic communication line between the two countries will be laid on the bottom of the Caspian Sea, the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

The project is transcontinental and will create a digital telecommunications corridor between Europe and Asia. The cable with a length of about 380-400 km along the bottom of the Caspian Sea will be laid by Kazakhstan’s Transtelecom JSC and KazTransCom, and the Azerbaijani telecom operator AzerTelecom. The cable will be put into operation by the end of 2021, and will allow the transmission of data with a capacity of at least 4-6 terabits/s.

The head of the Government of Kazakhstan emphasized that the joint TransCaspian Fiber Optic project will allow to reach a higher level of development of a high-speed and secure data transmission infrastructure, enter the number of leading Europe-Asia trunk routes and take its rightful place in world data transit.

Mamin and Asadov also discussed the state and prospects of cooperation between the two countries in trade, economic, investment, transport, logistics, agriculture, space, and cultural and humanitarian spheres.

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