MCIT awards 3G licence to Azerfon

2 Dec 2009

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT) has issued a licence to provide third generation wireless services to mobile operator Azerfon, APA-Economics reports, citing Azerfon’s general director Gido Helbich. Azerfon, which operates under the Nar Mobile banner, has already deployed a 3G network across the country and plans to initially launch services in the 2100MHz frequency range in Baku, Absheron and other regions of the country. All mobile operators are expected to receive licences from the MCIT in due course, each for the price of AZN11,000 (USD13,600). A separate report by the same news source states that the country’s two other GSM operators, Azercell and Bakcell, have not received their licences as they have not yet submitted the relevant documents detailing the operators’ 3G network rollout progress and coverage, among other things. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Azercell was the country’s largest cellco by subscribers at 30 September 2009 with a customer base of around 3.69 million, followed by Bakcell with an estimated 1.59 million and Azerfon with 1.45 million.