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Belarus to improve traffic exchange services


According to BelTA Belarus will develop Internet traffic exchange services, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with students and teaching staff of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics on 21 December.

The head of state noted that despite the countrys efforts to develop information technologies, Internet speed is not very high for a number of technical reasons. In this connection Alexander Lukashenko believes that Belarus fails to take advantage of its transit opportunities to earn good money. I have recently signed a decree to address the issue, improve traffic services and set up respective centers, the President said.

Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that it would be better if Belarus promoted the IT industry on its own, without involving many foreign companies. I would not want foreign investors in this industry, because the industry offers great opportunities for us and a lot of money. I would like this industry to be promoted by our people, either by the authorities or individuals. There are many foreigners who would like to get involved in this industry. If they do it, they will take all the profits away from the country, the President said. He mentioned security considerations, among other reasons; after all, the networks will be used not only by individual citizens, but also ministries and government agencies, educational institutions and so on.

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