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Nar Mobile, Azerbaijan’s third largest cellco by subscribers, has announced its subscriber base reached the one million mark on 28 January 2009. During a press conference held in celebration of the event, Guido Helbich, general director of parent company Azerfon, said that Nar Mobile had a wireless market share of 20% at that date, and that its network covered 80% of the country, up from 40% a year earlier. In early January 2009, Nar Mobile launched 93 new base stations with the aim of improving network coverage and attracting new subscribers.
The Nar Mobile, Azerbaijan based GSM operator, has reportedly achieved a subscriber base of 1,000,000 at the end of January’09. Nar Mobile occupies nearly 20% of Azerbaijan’s GSM market.
“The main aim of Nar Mobile is to constantly develop and become the customers’ number one choice. We proudly announce that our customer base has exceeded over one million as a result of successful operating for less than 2 years,” Mr. Guido Helbich, General Director of Azerfon LLC said.
Azerbaijan has taken a step further in lowering the mobile tariffs calling for greater savings for the consumers. According to Eliyar Temirov, officer of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, the tariffs levied by operators, on an average, are higher that the tariffs in other nations. “To offset the balance in the market and to prevent unfair competition, asymmetrical regulation is exercised in the international practice by to supporting a new entrant against the established incumbent service providers. Moreover, the mobile call prices may be reduced by cutting the fees that operators levy for switching callers between each other’s networks,” he added.
The ministry has talked about this to Azercell and Bakcell, convincing them to cut down the tariffs. The Tariff Council has given a green signal to the lowering of so-called termination rates that mobile operators can charge each other to connect calls between their networks within the antimonopoly policy.
Azerbaijan’s Delta Telecom plans to introduce the country’s first mobile WiMAX network by the end of this month. Alcatel-Lucent has been contracted to supply the equipment for the new network, in a deal signed in September 2008. Delta Telecom will be able to offer customers high speed internet access and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services.