Bakcell, Azerbaijan’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has contracted Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to expand and upgrade its GSM network to EDGE, in order to improve its quality of service. Under the contract, NSN will provide a comprehensive radio and core network extension, introducing its Flexi EDGE base station platform to the Bakcell network. Ineke Botter, CEO of Bakcell, said: ‘It is our aim to provide our subscribers in Baku and the regions with the latest technology and better network coverage. We are convinced that with the new Nokia Siemens Networks technology, Bakcell will be in a position to develop novel data services for its subscribers. The technology is environmentally friendly and enables Bakcell to ensure flexibility in offering a new variety of user friendly mobile services such as combined video, internet and audio usage. It will also allow the simultaneous use of voice and data at a speed comparable to ADSL.’ The expansion will begin in March 2009 and is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.