ANKARA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's telecommunications watchdog said Saturday the country is developing its own Internet search engine and aims to launch it in 2010, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.
All major search engines used worldwide are based in foreign countries, which can not meet Turkey's needs and could bring security problems, said Tayfun Acarer, chairman of Turkey's Information Technologies and Communications Authority Board.
"I believe that our search engine will be popular in Turkic and Muslim countries and I am confident that these countries will trust our search engine," Acarer was quoted as saying.
Turkey also initiated another project to allocate an e-mail address with a quota of 10 gigabytes to each of Turkey's 70 million citizens to build a mobile network that matches citizens' identity numbers, said Acarer.
He said the project is being tested and that its software infrastructure was already completed.
The network could replace foreign mail networks such as Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail in Turkey, Acarer was quoted as saying.