Bakutel 2018, the 24th Azerbaijan International Telecommunications, Innovations and High Technologies Exhibition and Conference, wrapped up last week at the Expo Center in Baku, after four days of showcasing cutting-edge technologies from around the world in sectors ranging from cloud technologies to combating cybercrime, from banking to big data.
“Bakutel unveils a wide range of opportunities for demonstrating the latest innovations and technological achievements, where representatives, heads of leading companies and professionals of the ICT industry can present their global projects and share their views on future development,” Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev wrote in a welcome letter penned to address the participants.
The event brought over 230 companies that showed off their innovations, including artificial intelligence, digitalization, big data, banking technologies, mobile technologies, fiber optics and cloud computing, and control systems for unmanned aerial vehicles and drones. International technology giants represented included Microsoft, Samsung, Schneider Electric, Huawei, Lenovo and Nokia. The United States were represented by six companies at the exhibition alongside France, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China, India, Iran and the United Arab Emirates.
Cellular services were the main feature of the exhibition, which was part of a larger program taking place in Baku dubbed “High Technologies Week.” The latest innovations in 4G network technology included demonstrations of extending and enhancing outdoor and indoor coverage capabilities in the wireless communication industry.
Komtel, the Istanbul-based telecommunication company, introduced its ‘small cell’ wireless connectivity products at Bakutel 2018.
“After we realized that the base stations are bigger in dimensions, we applied the small cell technology, which is widely used in the United States, in Azerbaijan,” Jamal Karaja, Komtel Country Manager for Azerbaijan, told Caspian News.
“The main reason why we brought small cell from America to Azerbaijan is that the country possesses a very high internet speed and a well-developed wireless connection infrastructure that allows importing innovative technologies.”
Small cell is a small-sized, portable device that is capable of providing 4G network coverage outside of homes and in public and commercial spaces. Azerbaijan is the first country in the South Caucasus region, which also includes Armenia and Georgia, and the Caspian region – which includes Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan – to use this technology.
“Our operators are in talks with the Kazakhstani officials to do the same in Central Asia,” Karaja told Caspian News.
Azerbaijan’s first mobile operator, Bakcell, has demonstrated its ultra-high speed mobile internet connectivity. During Bakutel 2018, Bakcell presented mobile internet speed of up to 600 Mbps. Thus, this speed provided by means of the 4.5G technology, also called the “5G readiness” was demonstrated at Bakcell stand for the first time in Azerbaijan.
“This year, the visitors of our stand for the first time in Azerbaijan are able to feel the mobile internet speed of 600 Mbps, provided by means of the 4.5G technology, also called the “5G readiness”. In the year 2018, we will continue our works, aimed at continuing expansion of the country’s fastest 4G network towards the country’s regions. Bakcell is planning to cover 95% of the population of Azerbaijan with 4G network by the end of the next year,” Nikolai Beckers, the CEO of Bakcell, told Caspian News.
With almost 1700 LTE base stations, covering more than 40 regions of the country, Bakcell offers the fastest mobile network in Azerbaijan, according to Speedtest Awards, which ranked the mobile operator number one in the country during the first and second quarter of this year. Bakcell achieved a Speed Score of 27.93, with average download speeds of 31.25 Mbps and average upload speeds of 11.75 Mbps.
Bakutel TechTalks, a discussions platform held throughout the larger Bakutel event, addressed the most discussed and trendy topics with technology experts and thought leaders. Discussions, which were a first this year and are expected to be a mainstay in the future, focused on spanning technology users and major international IT companies within direct communication, to streamline information and unusual content.