Number of Azercell's base stations to exceed 2,000 by late 2011
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 1 / Trend H. Valiyev /
Azerbaijani mobile operator - "Azercell Telekom" plans to install about 170 new base stations till late 2011, Azercell Telekom public relations department head Fakhri Abbasov said.
Abbasov said that at present, the number of base stations in Azercell network hits 2,000 units.
Each year, the company installs 150-170 new base stations and the equipment to improve the quality of services.
"The equipment includes the additional transmitting stations," he said. "They ensure uninterrupted operation of mobile communication network."
Despite the fact that today Azercell services cover 99.8 percent of the population, there are areas with poor signal or base stations can not withstand the load. These problems are revealed by the company and subscribers' appeals, he said.
Ericsson company supplies the equipment.
"We have been conducting the preparatory work to implement 3G network for the last three years," he said. "A lot of stations have been established to render 3G services."
At present, over 25 percent of the base stations, involved in the operator's network, supports 3G standard.
While launching 3G network, Abbasov said that the emphasis will be made on major cities, but its coverage will not be limited by a few cities. The network will be available throughout the country.
At present, the company expects the necessary frequencies and licenses to be allocated to render 3G services.