Turkish-Azeri joint venture Ulduz Telekom (Ultel) has announced that it is suspending its ‘low-speed’ (up to 128kbps) CDMA-based broadband service as of today (10 March). The operator hopes to migrate any remaining subscribers to one of its other access technologies, such as ADSL or fibre-to-the-building (FTTB).Confirming the news, an Ultel representative told the local media that demand for data transmission services over the CDMA network have been rendered irrelevant by the introduction of more advanced technologies.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Ultel began the installation of a CDMA2000 1x fixed-wireless network in September 2006, offering coverage of Baku and the Absheron Peninsula via ten base stations. Meanwhile, its ADSL broadband service was launched in November 2005 and is available from around 20 exchanges, providing maximum download speeds of 18Mbps. Ultel has also since deployed its own fibre-optic connections to many of Baku’s business centres and hotel complexes.