Azeri mobile operator Bakcell has announced the completion of its core network unification project in cooperation with China’s Huawei Technologies. Work on the project started towards the end of 2012, and as of August 2013 all voice traffic is served by brand new, high capacity and fully redundant switching equipment. Bakcell’s new unified core network is fully compatible with 4G LTE technologies and is ready for the future evolution towards Voice-over-LTE. Yigit Berktash, Bakcell’s chief technology officer, stated: ‘In order to improve our top-ranking experience to customers and provide best in class service availability and quality, we are implementing a series of projects this year. Core network unification is one of these projects and makes Bakcell’s Network the most advanced in the Azerbaijani market and demonstrates that our network systems are ready for any future technology deployment.’ Earlier this year, Bakcell and Huawei began modernising the former’s entire transmission network to extend capacity and migrate to MPLS-TP technology using Huawei OSN series equipment.