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Azerbaijan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

Azerbaijan - Telecoms, Mobile and BroadbandAzerbaijan's fixed broadband sector continues with moderate growth

After the oil sector, the telecommunications industry is the largest sector in Azerbaijan, and a major contributor to the country's economy. Government-owned Aztelekom has been the country's main telecom service provider, being directly controlled by the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies (MCHT). In 2017 AzTelekom revealed plans to introduce fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband in an upgrade to its existing ADSL network.

Azerbaijan's fixed-line network provides good national coverage and subscriber numbers were expanding at a modest rate up to 2014. However by during 2015, 2016 and 2017growth had flattened. Just over 80% of fixed lines are in urban areas, despite 50% of the population living in rural areas.

The mobile market in Azerbaijan has seen moderate growth over the past few years. Market penetration has increased from 107% in 2013, to over 110% by 2017. Further moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2021.

There are four major mobile operators in the Azerbaijan market. Azercell dominates the market. Bakcell and Azerofon account for the majority of the remainder of the market.

Internet user penetration reached nearly 80% by 2016. Broadband now has a significant presence in the market with over 90% of fixed internet services being broadband by 2017.

The fixed broadband market has seen moderate growth over the past few years. Fixed broadband penetration has increased significantly from 2009 onwards. Moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2021.

Key developments:

Azerbaijan having initiated an e-government project, implementation was reported to be making good progress;
mobile operator Azerfon has acquired ISP CityNet to expand its commercial reach.
AzTelekom revealed plans to introduce fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband in an upgrade to its existing ADSL network.
InAzeri Baku Telephone Production Association (BTRIB) announced a rebranding of its business under the name Baktelecom

Companies mentioned in this report:

Aztelekom; AzEuroTel; Azercell; Bakcell; Azerfon; Catel; BakTelekom (BTRIB); Eurasiacom; Fintur; Vimpelcom (Beeline);


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Azerbaijan - 2016
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016
    • Table Internet user and broadband statistics - 2016
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • BACKGROUND
      • Table Azerbaijan's GDP real growth rate - 2006 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
    • MINISTRY REPORT ON OUTCOMES -2014
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND HIGH TECHNOLOGY (MCHT)
    • PROPOSED TELECOM REGULATOR
    • PRIVATISATION PLANS
    • PROMOTION OF ICT SECTOR
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
    • FIXED NUMBER PORTABILITY (FNP)
    • SPECTRUM
    • OTHER REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS
      • Beeline allegedly operating in Karabakh
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW
    • AZTELEKOM
    • AZEUROTEL
    • BAKTELEKOM (ALSO KNOWN AS BTRIB)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
    • FIXED-LINE STATISTICS
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual growth and teledensity - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service, annual growth and teledensity - 2005 - 2016
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORK (NGN)
    • OPTICAL FIBRE NETWORK
    • NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Azerbaijan's satellites
      • Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) cable network
      • Europe Persia Express Gateway (EPEG)
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historical - Internet users and penetration - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Internet users and penetration - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Internet access by household - 2002 - 2016
      • Table Internet bandwidth capacity - 2001 - 2016
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2003 - 2016
      • Table DSL broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Trans-Eurasian Information Superhighway (TASIM)
      • WiMAX
    • INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP) MARKET
      • Nar CityNet
      • Delta Telecom
      • AzQtel
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historical - Mobile subscribers, annual growth and penetration - 1994 - 2004
      • Table Mobile subscribers, annual growth and penetration - 2005 - 2016
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2016
    • FORECASTS -MOBILE MARKET - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Trunk Mobile Radio (TMR)
      • Third Generation (3G) services
      • Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
      • Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile operators and systems - 2016
      • Table Mobile operators - Subscribers and market share - 2016
    • AZERCELL
      • Table Azercell mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2016
    • BAKCELL
      • Table Bakcell mobile subscribers - 2002; 2005 - 2006; 2010 - 2016
    • AZERFON (NAR MOBILE)
      • Table Azerfon mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2016
    • CATEL
    • DELTA TELECOM
  • BROADCASTING AND DIGITAL MEDIA
    • Table Key broadcasting statistics
  • RELATED REPORTS

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