Award of further two 3G licences imminent

18 Jun 2010

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Communications and Information Technologies, Ali Abbasov, has said that the ministry is currently considering applications for third-generation licences from mobile operators Azercell and Bakcell, Trend Capital reports. Abbasov added that if there are no problems with the companies’ applications, they will receive the concessions ‘in the nearest future’ for the official licence fee of AZN11,000 (USD13,679). According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Azerfon is the only cellco in Azerbaijan to have been awarded a licence from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to provide 3G services. Shortly after receiving its concession in December 2009, Azerfon launched its 3G network in Baku, Sumgait, Ganja, Shirvan, Nakhchivan, Mingachevir, Tovuz and Shamkir, as well as in the Absheron Peninsula. Meanwhile, the country’s two other GSM operators, Azercell and Bakcell, did not receive licences as they had not submitted the relevant documents required by law detailing 3G network rollout progress and planned coverage. Earlier this year the MCIT began reviewing an appeal by the pair over the award of 3G licences.