Bakcell to expand LTE

Bakcell to expand LTE

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.7

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Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and The Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan, is pleased to announce its significant 4G network expansion plans.

In accordance with the decision of the Board of Directors on September 30, by Q1 2016, Bakcell's super-fast LTE service will cover a whole territory of Absheron peninsula. Thus, the existing LTE coverage will increase by 2.5 times by the Q1 of the next year and geographic coverage will reach 98.75% of Absheron. In figures in means that, Bakcell will install additional 600 4G base stations during the next 6 months and by this total number of LTE base stations in Absheron will reach to over 1000 and will significantly outnumber its competitors. The preparation and installation works has already been started and will be finalized before the end of Q1 2016. Bakcell will continue the development of its smartphone-ready LTE network.

With 400 base stations Bakcell is now the best and largest 4G operator of Azerbaijan. Bakcell's 4G network covers 90% population of Baku and with this expansion will cover 98.75% of all Absheron.

"Bakcell is able to rollout its network expansion faster than anyone else because now we have the largest cellular network in the country and significant internet capacity to meet the growing demands of our customers. The number of our mobile data users including 4G subscribers is growing rapidly, the number of 4G subscribers is doubled in a quarter. We are investing in LTE which will continue to make us the largest 4G operator and to stimulate development of the mobile industry in Azerbaijan. Bakcell is focused on developing its 4G LTE network to meet the specific demands of smartphone customers who require wider area coverage as well as the high speeds of internet access delivered by 4G LTE", says Mr. Richard Shearer, Chief Executive Officer of Bakcell.

According to several independent network quality benchmarking surveys conducted across the territory of Azerbaijan in 2015, with more than 5300 base stations, Bakcell holds superior position in terms of network quality and application of new technologies on the market.

"We believe 4G expansions will be as successful as our 3G network development which brought us leadership of wireless data services. During a short period of time, Bakcell was able to provide 3G service in all regions of Azerbaijan. Today, along with 4G expansion we continue to build additional 3G stations across the country. Our 3G coverage has expanded by 50% in two years, and covers 93% of population. Since the launch of Bakcell's 4G LTE services we have observed two main directions in user behaviour. Bakcell 4G subscribers use on average two times more with 10 times higher speed mobile data and customer satisfaction within those customers who started using 4G has increased significantly", says Mr. Yigit Berktash, Chief Technical Officer of Bakcell.

Following by expansion of 4G LTE services to the whole territory of Absheron peninsula, Bakcell is planning to review rollout of 4G to other regions of Azerbaijan.

Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan, offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G and 4G mobile internet experience in the country under the Sü[email protected] brand name.

As one of the largest national non-oil investors, Bakcell today continues making large investments in the economy of Azerbaijan through its investments in state-of-the-art telecommunication technology and its people who service our customers.

With more than 5300 base stations Bakcell's network covers more than 99% of the population and 93% of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its Sü[email protected] services. Bakcell 3G service is available in all regions and covers 93% of population. Around 250 retail outlets and 26 Customer Service Centers operating in the capital and regions are providing the best customer experience to Bakcell customers.

Following the success of 3G Sü[email protected], the best mobile internet experience during last 4 years, Bakcell has announced the commercial launch of its 4G LTE service, on May 5, 2015, under the 4-cü Sü[email protected] brand name. 4-cü Sü[email protected] provides an essential increase in mobile data speeds and is designed especially for the users, who want to be mobile and have broadband internet everywhere.

For more information about Bakcell products and services, please visit www.bakcell.com or call 555.For press releases please see www.bakcell.com/az/news (or www.bakcell.com/en/news for press releases in English).

If you are not a Bakcell subscriber, but wish to find out about Bakcell and its services, please call 055 000 05 55

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