Azercell, Azerbaijan's largest mobile network operator by subscriptions, has reported over 30 percent surge in mobile internet usage over the past year. According to Azercell, this increase in data consumption comes as the telco expands and modernises its network infrastructure across the country.
First 5G Network Test Mode Launched
In a large-scale project initiated a year ago, Azercell has undertaken efforts to strengthen the overall network capacity while also marking a milestone with the launch of Azerbaijan's first 5G network in test mode, as reported by TelecomTalk.
Azercell stated that it has successfully deployed 160 new 4G base stations in various regions, in addition to extensive improvement works carried out in more than 1554 existing base stations since August of the previous year, leading to a substantial enhancement of the network.
LTE Coverage Expansion in Nakhchivan
Azercell stated one noteworthy achievement is in the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, where the telco commissioned over 70 new 4G base stations, resulting in a 14.1 percent increase in the coverage of the LTE Network. This expansion and network optimisation have directly contributed to a 30 percent surge in Azercell's internet traffic.
Presently, Azercell operates more than 100 base stations in Karabakh, ensuring mobile communication services are available in crucial districts such as Shusha, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Zangilan, Gubadli, Kalbajar, Istisu, settlements of Hadrut, Sugovushan, as well as villages of Khojavand and other regions.
In Lachin, the mobile operator has installed over 15 base stations, extending connectivity to Zabux, Sus, and other villages.
Solar-Powered Base Stations
Demonstrating its environmental responsibility, Azercell has embraced "green" technologies in Karabakh, successfully launching solar-powered base stations in Gubadli and Jabrayil.
Azercell said it aims to further increase the number of these eco-friendly stations to 35 throughout the region by the end of 2023.
To further enhance customer experience, Azercell plans to install more than 300 new base stations and upgrade approximately 1,600 existing ones throughout Azerbaijan. This expansion aims to ensure uninterrupted and seamless connectivity for its subscribers.