Nakhtel, a mobile CDMA network operator in the autonomous region of Nakhchivan, has received authorisation to provide GSM services in Azerbaijan, according to the country’s Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov. ‘The operator appealed to the Ministry to get permission to expand its activity in the territory of Azerbaijan,’ AzerNews quotes the minister as saying. ‘Now, we intend to ensure [Nakhtel’s] functioning on the basis of domestic roaming. Then the issuance of a licence for the deployment of mobile services throughout the territory of Azerbaijan will be considered.’ Late last month it was reported that Nakhtel plans to deploy a 4G network in Nakhchivan, before rolling out services to the territory of Azerbaijan – initially using the base stations of existing Azeri network operators Azercell, Bakcell and Azerfon. Deployment is scheduled to begin towards the end of the year or in early 2015.