IT sector of Azerbaijan (January-June 2010)

The amount of information and communication services rendered to business entities in Azerbaijan in January-June amounted to 514 million manat, or 28.2 percent more than the same period of last year.

About 68.6 percent of the revenue fall to mobile services, which growth, compared to the same period of last year, hits 17.5 percent.

Index of services rendered by telecommunication and postal divisions in June 2010, in percent

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As formerly, mobile communications make up the major part of communication incomes.

As a result of six months, Azerbaijani mobile communication operators' subscriber base increased by 9.3 percent, amounting 8.5 million subscribers.

The overwhelming part of mobile users in Azerbaijan accounts for GSM standard. Currently three GSM operators function in Azerbaijan, including Azercell Telecom (3.7mln subscribers), Bakcell (1.5mln), Azerfon (1.5mln).  

A new wave of development of broadband communication market is observed in the market of internet services. Internet access market has been demonstrating sustainable growth over recent years.

For number of Internet users, Azerbaijan leaves behind Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. According to Internet World Stats's (IWS) new report, number of Internet users in Azerbaijan reaches 3.69 million. According to IWS, Internet penetration rate in the republic is 44.4 percent. In the Internet World Stats's previous report (in 2009), the number of Internet users in Azerbaijan was indicated at 1.48 million people.

Azerbaijan ranked 59 on the speed of outgoing Internet traffic in Ookla company's Net Index rating. This company created Speedtest service. The results were received on the basis of experimental studies from June 15-July 14. About 59,160 unique IP-addresses were chosen for the tests. According to the rating Net Index, the average speed of outgoing traffic in Azerbaijan is 1.12 Mbps. Azerbaijan is ahead of Singapore (60), UAE (62), Great Britain (70), Italy (76), Spain (87), Israel (99), etc. on outgoing traffic. The first three countries include South Korea (19.32 Mb / s), Lithuania (13.11 Mbps) and Latvia (12,44 Mb / s) on the speed of outgoing traffic. Azerbaijan ranks 81 with traffic speed of 2.82 Mbps, leaving behind Armenia (86) - 2,55 Mb / s, Malaysia (101) - 2,12 Mbps, Mexico (103) - 2.06 Mb / s, Uzbekistan (124) - 1.51 Mb / s, Iran (153) - 0.61 Mb / s, etc. The first three countries include South Korea (32.47 Mb / s), Latvia (23.78 Mbps) and the Aland Islands (22.01 Mbps).

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