Azeri telecoms operator Delta Telecom has commercially launched its mobile WiMAX service in the capital Baku and the Absheron Peninsula, local news source Trend reports. The new service, which is based on the 802.16e-2005 standard and operates in the 2.6GHz frequency band, will be available in various packages ranging in cost between AZN10 (USD12.45) and AZN100 (USD124.51). Under the first phase of Delta’s mobile WiMAX project, the operator installed around 110 base stations in Baku and the Absheron Peninsula. The company is now working on the second phase, which will see the service expanded across Azerbaijan’s regions, including Guba, Ganja and Astara, through the installation of a further 140 base stations. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Delta contracted Alcatel-Lucent in September 2008 to deploy the 802.16e-2005 network to complement its existing fixed broadband services. In the future, Delta plans for the WiMAX network to be integrated with Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to enable mobile broadband access and other services such as IPTV, mobile video blogging and online gaming.