IT sector in Azerbaijan (January 2012)
According to the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee, the volume of information and communication services rendered to the organizations and population amounted to 98.4 million manat in Azerbaijan in January 2012, or 21.8 percent more than the same period of last year.
Only the volume of communications services rendered to organizations and population in January totaled 88.5 million manat, which makes up 72.9 percent of the total volume.
Some 60 percent of the total revenues from information and communications services accounted for mobile services, which increased by 20.5 percent compared to the same period of 2011 and amounted to 59 million manat.
The volume of investments of mobile operator Azercell in the telecommunications sector in Azerbaijan in 2011 amounted to $170.2 million. The company's total investments over the period of its activity have exceeded one billion dollars. The total number of 3G subscribers of Azercell company currently hits 600,000 users. At present Azercell holds 55-percent share in Azerbaijani mobile market. In late 2011, the company installed 669 new base stations, the total number of which now hits 2,373 units. The total number of Azercell subscribers exceeds 4.2 million.
The revenue growth of the Azerbaijani Bakcell mobile operator has reached five percent in 2011. The number of base stations in the Bakcell network has reached 2,060 units. Today, the company's network covers more than 99 percent of thepopulation and 92 percent of the state's territory. Bakcell's share on the mobile market is 35 percent. The number of active subscribers exceeds 2.6 million. The total number of registered phone numbers is 3 million. It also has 1 million 3G subscribers.
The youngest company providing mobile communication services in Azerbaijan - Azerfon covers 80 percent of network of the Republic of Azerbaijan. At present, the total number of Azerfon subscribers is 1,600,000.
Azerbaijan recorded a multiple increase in the production of ICT products in January 2012.
According to State Statistics Committee, volume of production of computers and other electronic equipment increased by 15.8 times in Azerbaijan in January 2012. In January, the country produced computers and other electronic equipment worth 3.493.1 million manat.