Tehran, July 12, IRNA-President Mohammad Khatami said in Tehran on Saturday that the national fiber optic network is the pivotal point of a "digitized silk Road."
Speaking at ceremonies inauguration of the national fiber optic network, the president said that on one hand the network links Central Asia, China and Afghanistan, and Indian subcontinent as well as Iran's southern nations via Turkey to the West and on the other, Iran will be linked to the world through the seabed-laid network.
"The network could be immensely beneficial for political, security and economic interests of Iran." he added.
When operational the fiber optic infrastructure will be equipped to enter government-related commerce, banking, training and electronic health, the grounds for which have also been paved.
"Undoubtedly Iran should be the hub of regional communication which has to be serviced by fiber optics."
He further pointed to the drawing on the domestic expertise and non-use of national budget as two special features in construction of the network.
Khatami said that the 56,000 km-long of fiber optic network will also greatly assist the long-term economic development plans of the country.
National Fiber Optic Network covers 900 cities with a wide band, almost four times of the country's current communication infrastructures .
The length of the network is 56,000 kilometers and by using it the ability of exploiting the new network generation in Iran would be possible. The cost of the project has been 6,600 billion rials.
Two direct connection points to the international networks have been established in Chahbahar, Sistan and Baluchestan province, and Bandar Abbas, Hormuzgan province.
Khatami said here Sunday that using modern technologies, particularly the ICT, plays a crucial role in the country's economic and social development.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of a national conference on development and use of the information and communication technology, President Khatami said that excluding modern technologies from national development plans would inflict irreparable damages on the country.
The president noted that achievements made in the field of ICT during Iran's Third Development Plan (2000-2005) were the bases for the country's development in future.
President Khatami also said that using the ICT was included in both Iran's 20-year vision plan (2005-2025) and its Fourth Economic Development Plan (2005-2010).
He noted that Iran had the most powerful market of ICT in the region, calling on Iranian officials to make their utmost efforts to develop the industry in Iran.
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