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Azerbaijani Communications and IT Ministry Announces 2013 Plans

With 2013 declared "The Year of ICT in Azerbaijan," the country is forging ahead with several ground-breaking projects, Azerbaijani Communications and Information Technologies Ali Abbasov told the media on January 21.

Foremost among these is the launch of Azerspace, Azerbaijan's first telecommunications satellite. The satellite has already been delivered to its launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana. It will launch February 7.

A second major ICT project – developing broadband Internet financed by the Azerbaijani State Oil Fund – will also start this year. The main goal of the project, which is scheduled to last for the next three years, is to increase broadband connections.

In addition, this year will be also marked by the transition to digital broadcasting, as analogue transmissions will be stopped by late 2013.

Abbasov also stressed that the Ministry's plans are to ensure that the e-government portal is developed as a 'single window' principle. E-services rendered to citizens will be further expanded together with the ASAN Service centre.

The communications and IT minister added that the creation of regional innovation zones and industrial parks will be further developed in 2013.

Source: Trend

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