Baku, Azerbaijan, June 23
Azercell Telecom - the leader of Azerbaijan's mobile telecommunication market, has always paid special attention to children rights protection and has once again led the way among the winners of the "Leave no child behind" award, a message from the company said on June 23.
The annual award, established by the Hopeful Future youth organization, jointly with the NGO Alliance for Children's Rights, marks the contributions made by both individuals and organizations for the protection of children rights. The objective of the award is to identify those, who make a significant contribution to the protection of children rights in different areas, promote practices related to children protection, as well as attain achievements and reforms for positive changes in this field. Azercell has previously been granted with this award in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Since its initiation, Azercell has striven to provide attention and care to children, to hold awareness campaigns to keep children's problems on the agenda of the local society, as well as to invest in development of children. A number of Azercell projects, such as 'Children Hotline', 'Mobile Dental Clinic', 'Mobile Eye Clinic', the poem and novel competitions 'De! Dildən-dilə, eldən-elə', 'Çək!' arts competition, 'Every child needs a family', 'They are also waiting for presents...' have played an important role in the improvement of children's welfare.
As a part of its social agenda dedicated to the beginning of the school year of 2013-2014, 4,000 children in need, residing in 19 boarding schools of Baku and regions, have received school bags with school supplies from Azercell.
The company has also received a number of international awards for its tangible social projects, as the 'Stevie award' for Corporate Social Responsibility in 2011, granted for its Mobile Dental Clinic and Mobile Eye Clinic initiatives. During its 17 years of operation in the mobile communications market of the country, Azercell has invested more than 14 million AZN in the implementation of corporate social responsibility projects aimed at children support, education and the social and economic development of the country.
Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996 and since the first years sustains a leading position on the market. Azercell introduced number of technological innovations in Azerbaijan: GSM technology, GPRS/EDGE, 24/7 Customer Care, full-time operating Azercell Express offices, mobile e-service ASAN imza (ASAN signature) and others. With 51 percent share of Azerbaijan's mobile market Azercell's network covers 99.8 percent of the country's population. The number of Azercell's subscribers reached 4.5 million people by late 2013. Azercell deployed 3G and in 2012 the fourth generation network - LTE in Azerbaijan in 2011. The company is the leader of Azerbaijan's mobile communication industry and the biggest investor in the non-oil sector. Azercell is the part of the TeliaSonera Group of Companies, which has subsidiaries in 17 countries with total number of 186 million subscribers and 27,000 employees.