Azeri operators expand coverage to reconnect conflict zones

Azeri operators expand coverage to reconnect conflict zones

Two of Azerbaijan’s operators have detailed recent deployment expansions, with both noting that they have installed base transceiver stations (BTS) in a region that experienced military conflict during 2020.

Azercell and Azerfon made their announcements separately, with the former noting that it had deployed over 60 BTS in areas of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh that had been retaken by the Azeri military during the conflict.

As noted by TeleGeography, market leader Azercell installed new BTS supporting 2G, 3G and 4G technologies across the districts of Agdam, Fuzuli, Gubadli, Jabrayil, Kalbajar, Khojavend, Lachin, Shusha and Zangilan, as well as the towns of Hadrut, Istisu and Sugovushan.

Meanwhile, Azerfon noted that it has offered services in Nagorno-Karabakh during the first half of 2021, deploying cell sites in the regained Jabrayil and Khojavend districts covering the same range of technology standards as Azercell.

The provider, which operates as Nar, noted that it installed 50 new BTS in the first half of this year, increasing its 4G subscriber base by 28%. This drove a 23% rise in traffic on its LTE network. The third-placed operator stated that it has achieved 99.9% population coverage and 90% territory coverage by deploying over 8780 cell sites.

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