Cable television operator to argue over transition of 3G frequencies to Azerbaijani mobile link companies
Azerbaijan, Baku, November 3 / Trend, G. Veliyev
B&BTV Communications, a cable television operator, appealed to the administrative economic court #1 of Baku on the occasion of decision by the State Radio Frequencies Commission, which assumes transition of the frequency spectrum to mobile link operators for the reasons of spreading the 3G network, operator chief Sabina Babayeva told Trend on Thursday.
Babayeva said another appeal to the court asks not to recall the frequencies from B&BTV Communications before the trial is over.
"The court, having considered the company's appeal substantiated, made decision in favor of B&BTV. The company has not fulfilled the State Radio Frequencies Commission's decision because of the trial between the two sides since October 25," Babayeva said.
Yesterday statement of mobile link operator Azercell that B&BTV violates legal provisions is unsubstantiated and hurts the company's image, Babayeva noted.
Azercell President Ali Agan said yesterday if the frequencies are not freed another appeal will be submitted to the radio frequencies authority. If the problem is not resolved then as well it will be settled through court.
"The spectrum of radio frequencies is the property of the state, and neither mobile link operators nor telecommunications companies are empowered to own them. Operators can only receive the right to use them," Agan said.
He noted that on August 27 B&BTV was ordered to withdraw from the frequencies within two months. The deadline was over on October 27, but the company has not freed them so far.
The State Radio Frequencies Commission of Azerbaijan earlier decided to provide the frequency resources to mobile link operators Azercell and Bakcell for the reasons of spreading communications services in the 3G standard. The point is about the provision of frequencies ranging from 1,900 megahertz to 2,100 megahertz to the operators.
The state fee for a license is 11 manat. Today, only Azerfon company provides services in the 3G standard. Two other mobile operators Azercell and Bakcell also received licenses to provide services in the 3G standard.