Jayhun Mollazade, CEO of Azqtel, Azerbaijan, is speaking at the LTE MENA conference taking place on the 29th-30th April 2012 at the Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai. Ahead of the conference Telecoms.com speaks to him about why the company originally launched with WiMAX, but is now is closely eyeing LTE technology.
Jayhun Mollazade, CEO of Sazz Internet, Azerbaijan will be speaking on Day One of the inaugural TD-LTE Summit, taking place on the 23 April 2013 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. We speak to him about how as a WiMAX operator he thinks TD-LTE is of crucial importance, and how operators should go about migrating to the technology.
Mobile number portability (MNP) is planned to be introduced in Azerbaijan in October this year. The big three operators in the country, Azercell, Bakcell and Azerfon have been instructed to prepare the necessary infrastructure for the simultaneous introduction of the service.
Jayhun Mollazade was a man with an idea. As an Azerbaijani citizen living in the USA he saw an opportunity to dramatically improve the ageing and archaic soviet telecoms infrastructure of the former Soviet state. Over the past five years, Azerbaijan has put an emphasis on developing its ICT sector and as a result the country now has three mobile carriers along with several ISPs offering ADSL based fixed-line internet connectivity. While the broadband market was growing by 30-40 per cent each year only one of the local carriers was offering 3G services and Mollazade and his partners saw that there was a real opportunity to offer high speed wireless data services.
Although there are some significant variations and investment in new networks, fixed broadband penetration in Central Asia and the Caucasus remains low. One factor holding back development has been political. Many of these countries are dictatorships or at best deeply flawed democracies. The question is whether such regimes want citizens to have access to broadband and the window onto the world it can provide.