Azeri mobile operator Azerfon has announced the launch of third-generation services across the country, local news source Azerbaijan Business Centre reports. The cellco’s subscribers will be able to enjoy services such as videocalling and high speed internet at download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. Azerfon’s 3G network was launched in the cities of Baku, Sumgait, Ganja, Shirvan, Nakhchivan, Mingachevir, Tovuz and Shamkir, as well as in the Absheron Peninsula. The company plans to expand services to other regions in the near future. Azerfon has also launched a new brand for its 3G products and service in cooperation with its strategic partner Vodafone, following an agreement signed with the UK-based company in July 2009. According to Azerfon’s general director, Gido Helbich, the new Azerfon-Vodafone brand signifies a fresh stage in the development of the country’s cellular communications. ‘We are glad that five months after signing of a strategic partnership document with Azerfon, we will be able to launch a joint brand and offer our global services for Azerbaijani users,’ commented Richard Daly, Vodafone’s executive director for partner markets.
As reported by CommsUpdate, Azerfon became the country’s first 3G licensee earlier this month after the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT) awarded the cellco a concession for AZN11,000 (USD13,600). The company has so far invested USD20 million in its 3G network.