The laying of fiber-optic lines along the bottom of the Caspian Sea along the Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan route will begin in 2023, said the Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan Bagdat Mussin.
This project will provide the region's countries with alternative Internet access, as well as expand the transit of traffic between Europe and Asia.
Kazakhtelecom will act as a partner of the project on the Kazakh side, and AzerTelecom on the Azerbaijani side.
Approximately the main route of the 340-kilometer fiber-optic line will start from the city of Aktau in Kazakhstan and will extend to the Siyazan district of Azerbaijan.
The reserve line, around 330 kilometers in length, will be built from the Kuryk seaport of Kazakhstan to the Buzovna settlement of Baku.
The minister emphasized that the countries of Central Asia are interested in implementing the project because the availability of alternative routes plays a significant role in ensuring guaranteed access to the Internet for residents.