Azerbaijan’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscriptions, Azercell Telekom has announced its LTE network now covers 85.65% of the population and 74.30% of territory following additional site deployments and upgrades in the first nine months of the year.
According to the latest figures, the voice and mobile internet services provided by the company covers 94.25% of the country territory and 98.73% of the population. Along with the above-mentioned, Azercell plans to increase internet capacity and speed in Baku and Absheron by 30% shortly.
"The work carried out to improve the LTE network had a significant impact on the quality of services provided by Azercell, including the speed of mobile internet. Currently, the highest speed of the LTE network in Baku is provided by the company. This has been repeatedly proved by speed tests (Drive Test) conducted in the capital. Over the past 3 years, the download speed over Azercell's network has increased 2.5 times. Thus, the average speed in Baku and the Absheron peninsula was 19 Mbit /s in 2018, 41 Mbit /s in 2020, and 51 Mbit /s this year," the company said in a press release.
The mobile operator said that it is constantly improving the performance of radio base stations by adding LTE technology to them across the country and preparing its network for the introduction of new technologies with better quality and greater capacity. For this purpose, just in 2021, the company installed LTE technology to the existing 50 radio base stations while finalizing modernisation of 246 stations and increasing the internet capcity of 150 stations.
Since January 2021, 76 new LTE-backed radio base stations have been installed. At present, the company provides modern and high-quality communication services to its subscribers with a total of 2,846 stations in the country.
Azercell continues the construction of mobile telecom infrastructure in our liberated territories, it said. At present, more than 65 Azercell radio base stations operate in our liberated lands. Shusha, Agdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Zangilan, Gubadli, Kalbajar, the settlements of Istisu, Hadrut, and Sugovushan, as well as several villages and other areas of Khojavend and Lachin districts are already covered by the Azercell network.