Azerbaijan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Azerbaijan moves towards 5G

After the oil sector, the telecommunications industry is the largest sector in Azerbaijan, and a major contributor to the country’s economy.

Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown moderately over the last five years, with penetration increasing from a relatively small base. Over the next five years to 2022 growth is expected to continue to grow moderately. By January 2018 Baktelecom expanded its GPON fibre-optic network in the capital city Baku and surrounding areas.

Azerbaiijan is ranked 13th out of 34 with a Telecoms Maturity Index score of 43. This ranks Azerbaiijan sixth in the “Market Challengers” category. (BuddeComm’s “Asian Telecoms Maturity Index”, is an index (on a scale between 0 and 100) that measures and ranks the relative maturity of the telecoms industry in all of the 34 countries in Asia.) Compared to other Asian nations, Azerbaiijan has moderate mobile, mobile broadband and fixed broadband penetration.

Growth has been flat in the Azerbaiijan mobile market over the past five years. Mobile subscriber growth is expected to grow slowly over the next five years to 2022.

AzQtel (SAZZ) announced it will build the country’s first ‘Pre-5G’ network operating on the TD-LTE standard in 2018.

Mobile broadband subscribers have grown very rapidly over the past five years supported by widespread rollouts of 4G infrastructure and the release of a growing range of mobile broadband packages by the major mobile operators. The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they roll out their 4G and 5G networks and falling prices due to growing competition.

Key developments:

  • Azerbaiijan is ranked 13th out of 34 with a Telecoms Maturity Index score of 43.
  • Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown moderately over the last five years.
  • AzQtel will build the country’s first ‘Pre-5G’ network operating on the TD-LTE standard.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
    • 3.1 Background
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
    • 4.2 Regional Market Comparison
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Ministry of Communications and High Technology (MCHT)
    • 5.2 Proposed telecom regulator
    • 5.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 5.4 Fixed Number Portability (FNP)
    • 5.5 Spectrum
  • 6. Fixed Network Operators
    • 6.1 Overview
    • 6.2 Aztelekom
    • 6.3 AzEuroTel
    • 6.4 BakTelekom (also known as BTRIB)
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Background
    • 7.2 Fixed-line statistics
    • 7.3 Next Generation Network (NGN)
    • 7.4 Optical fibre network
    • 7.5 National Broadband Network
    • 7.6 International infrastructure
      • 7.6.1 Azerbaijan’s satellites
      • 7.6.2 Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) cable network
      • 7.6.3 Europe Persia Express Gateway (EPEG)
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
    • 8.2 Broadband infrastructure
      • 8.2.1 Trans-Eurasian Information Superhighway (TASIM)
      • 8.2.2 WiMAX
    • 8.3 Internet Service Provider (ISP) market
      • 8.3.1 Nar CityNet
      • 8.3.2 Delta Telecom
      • 8.3.3 AzQtel
  • 9. Mobile Communications
    • 9.1 Mobile Statistics and Forecasts
    • 9.2 Mobile Broadband Statistics and Forecast
    • 9.3 Mobile technologies
      • 9.3.1 Trunk Mobile Radio (TMR)
      • 9.3.2 Third Generation (3G) services
      • 9.3.3 Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
      • 9.3.4 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
  • 10. Major Mobile Operators
    • 10.1 Operator Statistics
    • 10.2 Azercell
    • 10.3 Bakcell
    • 10.4 Azerfon (Nar Mobile)
    • 10.5 Catel
    • 10.6 Delta Telecom
    • 10.7 BakTelecom
  • 11. Digital economy
    • 11.1 E-Government
  • 12. Broadcasting and digital media
  • 13. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Azerbaijan – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • Table 8 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
  • Table 9 – Azerbaijan’s GDP real growth rate – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Historic - Fixed lines in service, annual growth and penetration – 1995 - 2006
  • Table 12 – Fixed lines in service, annual growth and teledensity – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 13 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Table 14 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Historic - DSL broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 16 – Historic- Internet users and penetration – 1995 - 2006
  • Table 17 – Internet bandwidth capacity – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Table 19 – Historic - Mobile subscribers, annual growth and penetration – 1994 - 2006
  • Table 20 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Table 21 – Mobile operators and systems
  • Table 22 – Mobile operators – Subscribers and market share – 2017
  • Table 23 – Azercell mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Bakcell mobile subscribers – 2002; 2005 – 2006; 2010 - 2018
  • Table 25 – Azerfon mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Key broadcasting statistics
  • Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2017; 2022
  • Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 3 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index – Central Asia
  • Chart 4 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 5 – Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration - Central Asia (selected countries)
  • Chart 6 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 7 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2005 – 2016
  • Chart 8 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Chart 9 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 10 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Chart 11 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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