Policies (Intellectual Property & Global Access)

 TASIM’s main aim is to provide the shortest transit route between the world’s two major internet exchange points: Frankfurt and Hong Kong and thus become a regional information superhighway. The TASIM’s topology is presented below.

The uniqueness of this project is in its potential to converge commercial gains with development goals. The increasing interest to the project is driven by the projected rapid growth in global internet traffic, expanding demand for developed telecommunications infrastructure and the emerging recognition by countries and companies of the needs to jointly build and run the trans-regional networks.

The major benefits of the project range from commercial, technological gains to social ones, such as:

  • Improved regional and global connectivity

  • Route diversification

  • Improved disaster resiliency

  • Bridging digital divide and contribution to MDGs

  • Low latency (information travels on the network faster) – important for finance and ICT industries

  • Contribution to regional innovation and modernization

Developed countries will benefit from the expansion of their ICT/telecom companies to the vast and growing Eurasian markets through media-rich applications, technology transfer, cloud computing whereas the emerging economies will be able to acquire the advanced knowledge and skills needed to implement such applications.

This is a vast region comprising many countries that are not adequately interconnected (see figure below).  

On the one hand, TASIM builds on the existing TAE system and its planned technical upgrade. On the other, the strategy does not aim at modernizing the TAE infrastructure alone; the overriding objective is to take it the next level of scale, quality and usefulness as an entirely new communication medium, not just to create a transmission channel. It is about new content and the emergence of new creative industries which take proper account of the end-users’ needs; it is about stronger social impacts, better governance institutions, wider cross-border partnerships.