5 MHz frequency bandwidth required to deploy 3G network in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 28 / Trend H.Valiyev /

Operators will require one or two 5 MHz frequency bandwidth each to deploy 3G in Azerbaijan, Nokia Siemens Networks Regional Director for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkmenistan, Alexander Bogomolov told Trend.

He said each operator should have three 5 MHz frequency bandwidth in the ideal situation to cover the entire county.

"In terms of Baku, I think it is enough to have an ode frequency band and two lanes in extreme cases if the number of subscribers reaches several million. In any case, the operator may begin 3G network construction with only one 5MHz lane. This is enough to provide services in UMTS standard for the bulk of the Baku population," Bogomolov said.

There are several options for allocating frequency resources in world practice. According to Bogomolov, the state usually owns the frequency and a number of resources, as well as other natural resources, and has the right to choose the most efficient way to transfer the limited resources of operators or users.

"Tenders or public auctions on frequency resources and licenses have been carried out in most states, including CIS countries," he said. "In Ukraine and Russia, for example, licenses were subject to sales. The operator paid 'big money' for the license on a competitive basis, and was sure that the state would do everything necessary to ensure that the operator could not only to build the network, but also provide 3G services."

He stressed that operators are interested not only in receiving licenses, but also in obtaining frequencies and other resources to ensure that the network was constructed and commissioned in commercial operation, and that the services provided by the operator are available to subscribers.

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