Ministry to allocate 800MHz spectrum for 4G

12 Aug 2013

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT) plans to allocate mobile spectrum in the 790MHz-862MHz band to mobile operators for the provision of LTE services, according to news agency Trend. While no timeframe for the allocation of 4G frequencies has yet been given, the MCIT said the spectrum first needs to be freed up from broadcasting services through the switchover from analogue to digital TV. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the country’s mobile market leader Azercell launched an LTE network in the 1800MHz frequency band in May 2012, with commercial mobile broadband services made available the following month. At launch, coverage was present in the downtown area of Baku, including the Seaside National Park.