Azerbaijani IT sector (January-November 2014)
The Azerbaijani information and communication technology sector (ICT) is one of the most dynamically developing sectors of the national economy due its profitability and total profitability of this business. Although the main catalyst for the growth of Azerbaijan's economy is the oil and gas sector, the ICT sector also increases its capacity every year.
Azerbaijan's ICT sector has doubled for the past five years. An average annual growth of information technologies was 17 percent.
The ICT sector volume is planned to be increased by 4-4.5 times for the next 10 years to implement the measures envisaged in the "Azerbaijan 2020: Look into the future" concept.
Information and communication services worth 1.5 billion AZN were rendered for Azerbaijan's population and organizations in January-November 2014 or 14.2 percent more than in the same period of 2013, the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee's report says.
Around 72.5 percent of the total volume of information and communication services accounted for the services rendered to the population. Around 57.2 percent of the total amount of revenues accounted for mobile services, the report says.
A total volume of revenues obtained from mobile services in Azerbaijan hit 836.3 million AZN in January-November, which is 7.3 percent more than in the same period of 2013. The role of Azerbaijani mobile operators - "Azercell", "Bakcell" and "Azerfon" is significant in the development of the ICT sector. As a result of their work, a mobile communication segment expanded. The number of mobile subscribers per 100 people reached 110.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies has issued a license to CDMA operator of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic - Nakhtel.
The customer base of Azercell Telecom mobile operator, with a market share of 51 percent and the territorial coverage of 99.8 percent of the population, exceeds 4.6 million subscribers.
Aztelekom Production Association under the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan has recently replaced the automatic telephone exchange's trunk for fiber-optic lines. Over 100 automatic telephone exchanges were connected to the fiber optic lines. More than 700 kilometers of cable have been laid since the beginning of the year.
The broadband internet capacity increased by 35,000 in the network of AztelekomNet state Internet provider. Currently, all settlements in the area of the production association were completely provided with telephones. The new automatic telephone exchanges are being created. A priority is to provide the areas with IDPs with telephones. Around 20 new automatic telephone exchanges were used by the state operator as part of the work.
NGN coverage is being expanded. In this direction, along with large cities, NGN equipment is being installed in rural automatic telephone exchanges. NGN network has been deployed in the settlements of Hajigabul, Goygol and Shamkir districts.
The number of broadband internet users has been recently increased for the last year. The number of broadband connections in the service area of the state operator for the last year increased by 22.5 percent (41,400 units), by reaching 230,000. Around 137,000 of them are AztelekomNet subscribers. The connections have increased by 31.2 percent (32,600) since the beginning of the year, Aztelekom head said.
Currently, around 19.5 broadband subscribers account for every 100 families, but 32.8 subscribers for every 100 subscribers.