Azerbaijan's Minister of Communications and Information Technologies Ali Abbasov has announced that the country's three GSM operators are now negotiating on the allocation of radio spectrum for 3G services.
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"Representatives of Azercell, Bakcell and NarMobile, are in process of negotiations and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies has declared its readiness to consider their proposals on licenses", Abbasov told the local Today newspaper.
The Minister said that he expects the companies to formally apply for licenses later this year after unspecified technical problems had been overcome.
The Mobile World database notes that there are three GSM operators, along with one CDMA operator in the country. At the end of last September, there were just over 4.1 million subscribers in the country - representing a population penetration level of 55%.
Source: Cellular News.