Bakcell eyes 4G licence

23 Nov 2011

Azerbaijan’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers Bakcell has applied to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT) for a licence to provide wireless services based on 4G technology. News.az cites Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technologies Elmir Velizade as saying that a 4G concession will be awarded to Bakcell as soon as the operator has demonstrated that it is technically ready to offer the service, with all the relevant infrastructure in place. As reported by CommsUpdate, Bakcell and market leader Azercell were awarded licences for the provision of third generation (3G) services at the start of the month, while a third cellco, Azerfon (Nar Mobile), was granted its concession in December 2009 and began providing 3G services that month. Azercell announced the launch of its third-generation network last week, while Bakcell is currently trialling the technology over its network, ahead of a commercial launch in the imminent future. Alongside the award of 3G licences to Bakcell and Azercell earlier this month, the MCIT recommended that all three of the country’s mobile operators submit proposals for the introduction of 4G services.