Fiber-optic infrastructure covers 25 percent of villages in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Materials 27 January 2012 18:41 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.27 /Trend H.Veliyev/

Fiber-optic infrastructure covers 25 percent of villages of Azerbaijani regions, production association Aztelekom of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan told Trend on Friday.

Aztelekom involved private Internet service providers in the project of expanding broadband Internet in the rural areas

Private Internet service providers routed optical line length of 65 kilometers at the regional level (mainly in rural areas) at the moment, Aztelekom said.

All the villages in Azerbaijan will be covered by fiber-optic lines by the end of 2012, Aztelekom forecasted. The operator plans to bring broadband services directly to homes of end users.
Broadband Internet AztelekomNet is available in 52 cities of Aazerbaijan. Currently, all the regional centers are connected to the TAE (Trans-Asia-Europe) cable line.

The number of connections in the Aztelekom network is increased by more than three thousand units from the beginning of the year. The operator expects to increase its monthly revenue from Internet services to 3 million manat, which, according to the production association, can be achieved if the subscriber base will be increased to 200 thousand (at an average cost of services - 15 manat).

All this occurs on the background operator's income decrease, which is due to reduced consumer traffic on the network operator, which more and more migrate to mobile networks, production association said.

Therefore broadband Internet and services based on it will be an additional source of revenues for Aztelekom.