MCHT to permit use of 800MHz for LTE; GSM standard to be mothballed

2 Jul 2015

Telecoms operators in Azerbaijan will be allowed to use frequencies in the 800MHz band for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) use by the end of 2015, according to a statement from the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies. Deputy minister of communications Iltimas Mammadov is quoted as saying: ‘… 4G networks [currently] work only in Baku and some surrounding areas. We aim to use this technology mainly in remote mountainous regions, and provide the entire country with internet access and communications.’

Additionally, the MCHT plans to abandon the 2G GSM standard within the next two years, prioritising third and fourth generation technologies. Mammadov noted: ‘We will soon witness the provision of voice services over LTE networks [voice-over-LTE, VoLTE] … Most probably, its application in our country will be inevitable … Work is under way in this direction.’

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