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Government targeting nationwide fixed broadband access by 2024

31 Jan 2022

Trend reports that the government of Azerbaijan is aiming to ensure fixed broadband access throughout the entire country by 2024, extending services to more than 700 settlements that are not currently covered. Speaking at an event last week, Deputy Minister of Digital Development and Transport Rovshan Rustamov revealed some 40,000 new users had been connected in the last month, as part of a target to extend coverage to an additional 150,000 households during 2022. To help achieve its goal, the government plans to merge the state-owned operators Baku Telephone Communication (Baktelecom) and Aztelekom ‘in the near future’, he added. The work, which will be carried out within the framework of a public-private partnership, will accelerate the country’s digital transformation, enhance cybersecurity and reduce business and government costs, Rustamov noted, adding improved connectivity forms part of the ‘Azerbaijan 2030: National Priorities for Socio-Economic Development’ strategy.

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