Azerbaijan govt announces ICT development road map science
IIKSS - The Azerbaijan government has announced the road map for ICT development, reports Trend. This will include investment in the deployment and upgrade of fibre broadband networks worth AZN 125 million until 2020.
ADSL will be replaced by FTTx lines, and the coverage of the broadband network will reach 70 percent by 2020 and 95 percent in 2025 under the plan. The amount of operators connected to international ports is expected to increase to at least three and rise further in future. Only Delta Telecom and Azertelecom currently have such connections.
The average broadband speed is planned to increase from the current 3.6 Mbps to 20 Mbps in 2020 and to 50 Mbps in 2025.
Measures included in the road map are expected to support the creation of 1,450 new jobs in the ICT sector until 2020 and grow the country‘s GDP by AZN 235 million.
According to the road map, mobile operators Bakcell, Azercell and Azerfon will receive frequencies in the 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands by 2025, helping the operators provide better services without radio intereference.
The government also plans to consider an IPO of state-owned operators BTRIB, Azetelecom and AzInTelecom in 2018-2020.