Azerbaijani expert talks potential of 5G, WiFi 6 with relation to Azerbaijan's economy

ICT Materials 23 December 2020 17:43 (UTC +04:00)
Azerbaijani expert talks potential of 5G, WiFi 6 with relation to Azerbaijan's economy

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 23

By Sadraddin Aghjayev - Trend:

The 5G and WiFi 6 provide higher data transfer rates to support new applications and increase network bandwidth with the ability to connect more users and devices, Tahir Ismayilov, Director of Strategic Cooperation in Russia and the CIS, told Trend.

“Testing of the 5G standard in Baku by Azercell mobile operator certainly has a positive effect on the prospects for the development of technology in Azerbaijan. The 5G has great potential for the country's economy, industrial sectors, the development of unmanned vehicles and smart cities, and the implementation of digitalization programs in Azerbaijan,” Ismayilov noted.

“In most countries of the world, plans for the development of 5G are included in national programs for the development of digitalization. The mobile industry is still the driving force behind economic growth and social development. In 2019, mobile technologies and services provided 6.1 percent of GDP in the CIS region, which amounted to $137 billion,” the director said.

In addition, the mobile ecosystem has also provided more than 830,000 jobs, generating $14 billion in government revenue - mainly through general taxation, he said.

"In the coming years, 5G technologies will contribute to further contribution to the economy of the CIS countries. On top of all this, 5G and WiFi 6 will be complementary standards. I don't think 5G will be able to oust ISPs from the communications market,” he said.

“However, for indoor coverage, WiFi will continue to be used in many cases, since even now operators offer their subscribers the WiFi calling service, when a subscriber can make and receive calls to his mobile number over WiFi in rooms with poor mobile signal penetration,” he said.

“We should not forget that WiFi operates in an unlicensed frequency spectrum, which simplifies its installation,” Ismayilov noted.


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