Ministry in ‘final stages’ of awarding 3G licence to Azercell, Bakcell

18 Jul 2011

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Communications and Information Technologies, Ali Abbasov, has said that the process of awarding a 3G licence to mobile operators Azercell and Bakcell is close to completion, Trend News Agency reports. The minister revealed that the pair need only address some minor technical issues, after which their licence application documents will comply with all requirements. The official 3G licence fee is AZN11,000 (USD13,900). According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Azerfon is currently the only cellco in the country to hold a licence to provide third-generation 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. Azercell and Bakcell meanwhile did not receive licences as they had not submitted the relevant documents required by law detailing network rollout progress and planned coverage. Earlier this year the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) began reviewing an appeal by the pair over the award of 3G licences.

Azerbaijan, Azercell, Azerfon (Nar), Bakcell