MCIT to issue 3G licences in September

21 Aug 2009

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT) plans to license the country’s mobile operators to provide 3G services at the end of September, writes local news source Trend News. According to the report, all three GSM operators – Azercell, Bakcell and Azerfon – will receive a concession at the price of AZN11,000 (USD13,678), but the trio are obliged to deploy a 3G network before receiving their licence. Frequencies required to provide third generation services will be allocated by Azerbaijan’s State Agency for Radio Frequencies, although the report did not mention when this is likely to take place. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Azercell was the country’s largest cellco by subscribers at 30 June 2009 with a customer base of 3.6 million, followed by Bakcell with an estimated 1.82 million. Meanwhile Azerfon, which operates under the Nar Mobile banner, claimed a total of 1.3 million wireless subscribers at the same date.