4G is comming to Azerbaijan in May

Feb 17, 2012
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On 17 February, the biggest mobile operator in Azerbaijan–Azercell–received principal consent from the government to launch the 4G system.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology decided to give this license to one of the three mobile operators who applied for it. The others, Bakcell and Azerfon (Narmobile), are waiting for still this good news.

Photo by Stuart Frisby, Flickr, CC licensed

It is expected that 4G (LTE), which provides Internet to users with speeds of up to 100 Mb/s, will be launched by the Eurovision song contest, which is scheduled for 22-26 May, 2012.

Azercell and Bakcell received  3G licenses at the end of 2011 and are still advertising this technology to users. Both companies waited for more than four years for their license to be approved. Azerfon got their license two years earlier than the other two companies.

Currently only 14.2 percent of Azercell and 28 percent of Bakcell users are connected to 3G.

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Emin Huseynzade

A leading new media expert Emin Huseynzade has consulted and worked with the OSCE, OSI, Internews, EJC, Oxfam and other international organizations. He is actively involved in projects covering Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Central Asia. Follow him on Twitter: @eminhuseynzade
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