Internet prices in Azerbaijan may rise
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 18
By Kamala Mammadli - Trend:
In Azerbaijan, using “halal internet” may lead to higher internet prices, Chairman of the Azerbaijan Internet Forum Osman Gunduz told Trend.
Gunduz said that starting from January 1, 2020, the “Law on protecting children from harmful information” will come into force in Azerbaijan, and this law also envisages amendments to the “Law on Telecommunications.” In this regard, all providers should be prepared to apply the “halal internet”, the chairman of the Azerbaijan Internet Forum noted.
“All providers will have to create conditions for protecting children from harmful information, that is, carry out filtering,” Gunduz added.
The chairman said that for now, only one provider in Azerbaijan (AzEduNet) can provide internet services with a content filtering mode, which serves educational institutions.
Gunduz noted that the issue of establishing a filtration system is still open, adding that the system can be installed at all 40 providers or at two backbone providers (Delta Telecom and Azertelecom).
The chairman also noted the importance of state support so that internet prices don’t increase.
“That’s because the increase in costs of commercial companies (providers) may impact internet prices,” Gunduz added.
The chairman noted that the internet in Azerbaijan is the most expensive in the region, while the quality of the internet doesn’t match the prices.