Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend S.Babayeva / Azerbaijan's mobile operator, Azerfon JV intends to apply 3G services, said the Director General of the Company, Jon Armley.
Presently, negotiations are being held with Azerbaijan's Telecommunication and IT Ministry for receiving a license.
"Because the IT sector has been recognized by the State Head as one of the priority sectors, the Ministry's attitude towards our being licensed is positive," Armley said.
The Head of Azerfon believes that the 3G services will be applied by the end of 2007.
Ali Abbasov, Azerbaijan's Telecommunication and IT Minister, said earlier that the Telecommunication and IT Ministry has allotted frequency resources to introduce 3G in the country.
3G Standard was projected and designed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and its name is IMT-2000 (International Mobile Telecommunications 2000). The following five standards are united under the abbreviation IMT-2000:W-CDMA, CDMA2000, TD-CDMA/TD-SCDMA, DECT, and UWC-136.
The first company to demonstrate an interest in 3G in Azerbaijan was Azercell Telecom JV. Earlier, Azercell Telecom JV had applied to the Communications Ministry to be the provider of such services in Azerbaijan.
Azerfon also showed such interest in the beginning of the year.