Azerbaijani mobile operator Bakcell, which announced the commercial launch of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network on 5 May, says it now has 373 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) live in its network, a figure it plans to increase to 1,000 by mid-2016. However, the company has clarified that its LTE network currently remains restricted to capital city Baku. In addition, Bakcell’s 2G network covers more than 99% of the population (93% of the territory, excluding occupied territories), and comprises 2,947 BTS. Elsewhere, 3G cell sites number 1,979 and cover 85% of population and 70% of Azerbaijan’s territory (again, excluding occupied territories).
Bakcell CEO Richard Shearer commented: ‘Today, Bakcell is a leader in terms of the number and capacity of its base stations in Azerbaijan. We outpace our competitors by expanding our 2G and 3G network in order to provide high quality mobile communication and internet service to our customers all over the country, including the most remote areas. We also have the largest share of the mobile internet market in the country. Our competitors are lagging behind us both in terms of quality and capacity of the mobile internet’.