Minister: Broadband Internet penetration rate in Azerbaijan reaches 15 percent
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 22 /Trend, G.Veliyev/
The penetration rate of broadband Internet in Azerbaijan reached 15 percent, the Minister of Communications & Information Technologies of Azerbaijan Ali Abbasov said on Saturday at the Ministry's collegium on results of 2010.
The minister said that today the overall Internet penetration rate in the country is 50 percent, which more than twice exceeds the world average indicators in this segment.
According to the Ministry's estimates, the growth in the broadband market will be approximately 40 percent in 2011.
Over the past one and a half year, the prices on the Internet in Azerbaijan were reduced by eight or nine times and today the average price of connection to the ADSL service at speeds of 1 Mbps is 20 manat.
At present, Azerbaijan prepares a concept of broadband Internet access development. The concept implies increasing the number of ports of broadband Internet access in the telecommunications operator hubs, reducing tariffs, increasing the number of proposed tariff plans, developing infrastructure for multimedia services, expanding content services (banking, electronic commerce, etc.).