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Azerbaijan Telecommunications and
Azerbaijan Telecoms Market
Overview and Statistics Report
The Azerbaijan economy has been markedly stronger in recent years and, not
surprisingly, the country is making progress in developing its telecoms sector.
Nonetheless, it still faces problems. These include poor infrastructure and an
immature telecom regulatory regime. The Ministry of Communications & Information
Technologies (MCIT), as well as being an operator through its role in Aztelekom,
is both a policy-maker and regulator. A boom in oil and gas exports has boosted
the economy, reducing the country’s dependence on international aid. This
report looks at the overall telecom market and includes some statistics, noting
that up-to-date statistics for some sectors of the market are difficult to
obtain. Market forecasts are also included in this report. See summary and table of
Asia - Forecast for 15 Selected
This market report provides a series of forecasts for subscriber growth in 15
selected developing economies in Asia. It predominantly covers the fixed-line,
Internet and mobile subscriber market segments, countries covered include:
Afghanista, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, cambodia, Georgia, Indonesia, India,
Kazakhstan, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
See the table of contents
and report summary here.
Broadband and Consumer E-Commerce
January 2009 Review
Energy-rich, this former Soviet republic is rich
with massive energy windfalls. It is one of the post-Soviet petrostates -
more than half of Azerbaijan’s current GDP and 90 percent of its
exports are accounted for by oil and gas.
QTEL Global is currently developing wireless networks in Georgia and Azerbaijan.
With QTEL technology, Azerbaijan will be able to deliver new and innovative
Internet access, VoIP and multimedia services with greater speed to its
Internet users. In Q4 2006, the Internet service provider (ISP), a division
of Asia Telecom Ltd., began the construction of its own data transmission
network and placement of DSLAM equipment for the assignment ADSL (Broadband)
services in Baku city, Azerbaijan, according to Asian Telecom press release.
As of the end of Q4 - 2006, the company has laid a significant portion of the
planned 200 km of fiber-optical cable. The completion of this project is
scheduled for the end of February 2007. CEO Ayaz Karimov stated: "This
initiative in Azerbaijan, and others like this, will serve to solidify our
position as a significant player in the Central Asian market for dial-up,
ADSL and related services." The Internet service provider (ISP) division of
Asia Telecom Ltd. started operations in June 2005 as a provider of dial-up and
ADSL services in the territory of Azerbaijan. This division today manages at
least 18% of the dial-up market in Azerbaijan and recently began providing
ADSL (Broadband) services in Q4 of 2006.
Unfortunately there are signs of pre-war tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Some believe that Russia's possible withdrawal from the
Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty will allow it to transfer
more armaments to Armenia. "This problem is bound to affect Azerbaijan - its
conventional arms are regulated by the same treaty, and it is in a state of
war with Armenia... Moscow already has a military base in Armenia and
undisclosed amounts of arms on occupied Azeri lands. It is easy to see what
arsenals Moscow can redeploy to Armenia if it withdraws from the CFE treaty."
Local observers have qualified reports about American military bases in
Azerbaijan as a "provocation to Moscow."(Echo, February 24.)