Azerbaijani cellco Azerfon, which offers services under the Nar banner, has expanded the coverage of its 3G HSDPA+ and 4G LTE networks. According to a press release from the operator, Nar now operates a total of 2,029 3G base transceiver stations (BTS) and 412 4G-enabled sites, claiming this represents the largest HSDPA+ and LTE networks in the country. Additionally, Nar CEO Kent McNeley noted that the company currently operates 2,932 2G BTS, while it has more than doubled its total network capacity over the past two years. Going forward, the cellco plans to introduce LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in 2016.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Nar was awarded a licence to offer 4G LTE technology in February 2015, from Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications and High Technologies (MCHT), and in May that year it launched an LTE network in the capital Baku available only to corporate customers, deploying 130 BTS and utilising the 1800MHz band. Nar’s 4G network currently offers maximum downlink of 225Mbps.