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“Azerbaijan - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts”
Despite an economic downturn Azerbaijan is still growing its telecom sector
Coming into 2012 Azerbaijan's mobile subscriber base had passed the 10 million milestone (109% penetration). Mobile subscriber growth had moderated to 10% per annum in 2011 and similar growth was continuing into 2012. Operator Azercell continues to lead the market, but its earlier dominance was being slowly eroded and market share had fallen to 44%, down from the more than 50% it held in years past. The second and third ranked operators, Bakcell and newcomer Azerfon, were both throwing out a big challenge to Azercell's number one ranking.
Although the fixed network provides good national coverage, there was little sign of a growth surge in this market; but the country could still claim a positive fixed-line penetration of 18% by the start of 2012 and growth was continuing along a reasonable path. Around 80% of the fixed lines are in urban areas, despite 50% of the population living in rural areas.
In the meantime, the number of internet users in the country, having increased by 100% between 2008 and 2010, was approaching an estimated 5 million in 2012. Broadband subscriptions had increased to 100,000 by 2009 and then the market saw a further 400,000 broadband subscribers added in 2010, according to International Telecommunications Union (ITU) figures; the 500,000 broadband subscribers at the start of 2011 was up from just 15,000 three years earlier. The broadband market more than doubled in size again in 2011.
On the back of a strong economy, Azerbaijan has made good progress in the building of its telecommunications and information technology sectors. It has had to overcome a number of major problems in the process, including:
- poor telecom infrastructure inherited from the past;
- low public awareness and understanding of computer technology;
- the high cost of computer equipment in comparison to the average salary;
- very high tariffs for satellite connections due to a monopoly held by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT).
The poor state of the global economy saw a big drop in Azerbaijan's oil and gas exports; real GDP grew by just 0.1% in 2011. Into 2012, however, there were all the signs of a recovery, as the country adjusted to the global realities. Most certainly the telecom sector was continuing to grow.
Key Topics Covered:
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Azerbaijan's telecommunications market
5. Regulatory environment
6. Fixed network operators in Azerbaijan
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
8. Internet market
9. Broadband market
10. Mobile communications
11. Major mobile operators
12. Notes on forecasting
13. Related reports
Tables & Charts
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