Anniversary Azerbaijan International
“Telecommunication and Information Technologies”
Exhibition and Conference BakuTel 2009!
This year, BakuTel, the Azerbaijan International Telecommunications & Information Technologies Exhibition & Conference, marks its anniversary. For 15 years, the exhibition has been a traditional meeting place for industry professionals. Over 800 companies from 26 countries have, at various times, participated in the exhibition.
BakuTel has always been of great interest to government and international structures. The importance and prestige of the exhibition is demonstrated by the the fact that for four years BakuTel has been supported by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
Greetings were sent to the exhibitors and visitors by Mr. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest software company; and Dr. Lotfi Zadeh, the outstanding mathematician, founder of the theory of fuzzy sets and fuzzy logic, professor at the University of California (Berkeley) and Director of the Berkeley Soft Computing Initiative.
Their congratulatory video message was broadcast during the opening ceremony of the exhibition. Last year, Dr. Lotfi Zadeh personally attended the opening ceremony of BakuTel.
Gaining official support from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the special attendance at the opening of BakuTel of Mr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, was a significant event for the exhibition.
Another guest of honour of the exhibition, Mr. Sarbuland Khan, Executive Coordinator of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development, United National Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said at the BakuTel 2008 conference: “I was pleasantly surprised by the ICT development in Azerbaijan. In such a short period, there has been effective, positive progress in this area. The rapid development of ICT in Azerbaijan should serve as an example to other countries.”
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which has supported BakuTel for many years, has played a special role in the development and establishment of the exhibition.
The organisations supporting the exhibition include: ITU – International Telecommunication Union, GAID - Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN – United Nations, RCC – Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan and National Confederation of The Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organizations of Azerbaijan Republic (AEC). BakuTel has gained international recognition from the UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry). The status of “UFI Approved Event” is confirmation that the event meets the highest international standards.
For 15 years, BakuTel has attracted major companies to Azerbaijan. Over the years, the exhibitors have included: Ericsson, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Iskratel, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Hewlett Packard, Gilat, Microsoft, Avirtel, Measat, Orbital and many others. There are many examples of successful participation in the BakuTel exhibition. Companies such as Advantek, Exide, Gilat, Hawker, Huawei, Karel, Telesis, and many others began their activities in Azerbaijan by establishing contacts at the exhibition. Today, they are already active through representatives or partner networks. Presentations at the exhibition of the latest services or products, which have found wide use amongst users, have proven to be successful. An example of this is the company AzEuroTel, which first presented IP-telephony at BakuTel 2002, or Catel, which presented CDMA communication at the exhibition in 2003. The “intelligent ATM” of Penki Kontinentai Group enjoyed great success amongst business visitors. Having signed lucrative contracts at the exhibition, the company announced its decision to open an office in Baku. For the first time in Azerbaijan, at BakuTel 2008, mobile operators demonstrated the 3G function, which will soon be available in Azerbaijan. In the same year, Microsoft demonstrated its Azeri language version of Windows XP.
In 2005, the exhibition included a video conference with seven regions of Azerbaijan: Sumgait, Sheki, Mingechevir, Goranboy, Lankaran, Guba and Nakhichevan. Monitors and cameras were installed in these cities, allowing the ICT achievements of these regions to be demonstrated.
The exhibition is a connecting bridge between consumers and manufacturers, as well as an excellent opportunity to study the industry. In addition, BakuTel is the best platform to showcase new products in the industry.
In recent years, the rapid development of the ICT sector in Azerbaijan has had an appreciable effect on the development of the economy in general and, in turn, a significant influence on the formation of an information society in Azerbaijan. Today, the ICT sector, in terms of the pace of development, is second only to the energy sphere in the national economy of Azerbaijan. In the last few years, the annual revenue growth of this sector has reached 30-35%. This trend is expected to continue, which means that, in a few years, the profit level of the ICT sector will reach that of the energy sphere. In the context of globalisation, the integration of Azerbaijan into the world community, by hosting international IT exhibitions, is necessary. Such events allow the international community to become better acquainted with the private companies and government organisations that represent the country’s IT market. The exhibition is one of the key indicators of industry development. The growth of the exhibition directly reflects the rate of ICT development in the country. Each specialised exhibition is a meeting place for the whole industry and a catalyst for contacts and further cooperation. BakuTel presents new ideas and knowledge, both for industry professionals and the younger generation. The exhibition opens its doors to anyone interested in seeing the latest ICT technologies.
BakuTel 2009 will gather over 100 companies from 15 countries worldwide. The regular participants of the exhibition include mobile operators of Azerbaijan Azercell, Azerfon, Bakcell; and the telecommunication and IT companies Aztelecom, BTRIB, Delta Telecom, Iskratel, Microsoft, Ultra, Nokia Siemens Networks, Caspel, Bestcomp Group, R.I.S.K., Sinam, Smart Systems Technology and others. New exhibitors include: ZTE Corporation (China), Caspian Navtel (Azerbaijan), Idrak Technology Transfer (Azerbaijan), Headtechnology (Azerbaijan), IT Solutions (Azerbaijan), Azedunet (Azerbaijan), Connect (Azerbaijan), Azlanit (UK-Azerbaijan), Silverkey Azerbaijan (USA), Pirelli Broadband Solutions (Italy), Ozkabel (Uzbekistan) and others. Traditionally, a group of Korean companies takes part in the exhibition, as well as five companies from Turkey, including the major telecom operator Turk Telekomunikasyon A.S.
On the second day of the exhibition, 5 November, the traditional ICT conference will be held. Pressing issues will be discussed at the conference, covering telecommunications, fixed and mobile connections, and the introduction of the latest technologies on the local market. Participants will also become acquainted with the most recent solutions for optimising of business processes of enterprises. Specialists from leading local and international IT and telecommunications companies will deliver reports at the conference, and will be pleased to acquaint delegates with the latest achievements in the software and IT sphere. The conference will create an effective business atmosphere where delegates will discuss directly with industry specialists vital issues for the telecommunications and IT market. Session dedicated to the future application of nanotechnology in medicine and electronics will also be organised during the conference. Scientists and professors from world famous universities of Japan and Turkey, as well as Azerbaijan scientists will deliver reports and be honoured to share their academic work and research with the participants.
In general, the exhibition will present: telecommunications and networks, broadband technologies, cable and wireless communications, satellite communications and technologies, broadcasting equipment and technologies, software and automation systems, IT and office technology, security systems, banking technologies and services, e-Business and e-government. Wi-Fi and other wireless internet access technology will be widely presented.
On 4 November 2008, a decree was issued by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan to establish a national aerospace industry and to launch telecommunication satellites into orbit. As a result of this, a new era for the exhibition has begun, with huge attention being devoted to this area, and a greater display of satellite communications and technologies. For example, at this year’s exhibition, an approved national satellite project, the launch of which is planned for December 2011, will be presented. The presentation will be given by Orbital, which won the competition to build and launch the satellite. In connection with this event, several major companies offering satellite equipment and servicing, such as MEASAT (Malaysia), will take part in BakuTel.
BakuTel will also include the presentation of the “National
Computer” project. This year, the “National Computer” project,
in conjunction with HP, will present the company BestComp Group.
Working in partnership with leading international companies,
BestComp Group focuses on design solutions, system integration,
sharing, networking, communications, ICT services and retail.
The company is currently implementing various ICT projects in
Azerbaijan, Georgia and Central Asia. The exhibition will also
present high-tech solutions to ensure uninterrupted business
Other social projects, such as “Electronic Signature” and
“Electronic Document”, will present Ultra, one of the leading IT
companies in Azerbaijan and a permanent exhibition participant.
ULTRA is the official supplier of solutions from Intel in
Azerbaijan (Intel Premier Provider), and has an authorised
supply of Intel products. During the exhibition, new models of
Nexus notebooks will be presented.
One of the main features this year will be the large number of
presentations of new ICT products. New solutions and
cutting-edge technologies will make up 40% of the exhibition,
and will be first offered to the Azerbaijani ICT market.
KÜR, a regular participant, will exhibit modems, kiosks and
displays with supersensitive screens. Established as part of a
state programme on socio-economic development in Azerbaijan
(2004-2008), KÜR has become, in a short space of time, a
well-known brand of personal computers produced in Azerbaijan,
and regularly demonstrates its products at the exhibition.
A wide range of services in high-tech industrial and office
facilities will be provided by Nard Integrated Technologies. The
main theme of the exhibition will be devoted to Smart Home and
Home Automation technologies, and related equipment from Clipsal,
C-BUS, and ULTI (Schneider Electric). In addition, photos,
presentations and models of completed company projects will be
Softline Group will present licensed software from leading
manufacturers (Microsoft, Symantec & VERITAS, Citrix, IBM,
McAfee, Computer Associates, Novell, Oracle, VMware, Corel,
Adobe, etc.), training and consulting. The company holds a
leading position in software distribution, training and
consulting, and has exhibited more than three times at BakuTel.
Of particular interest are the products and services of new
exhibitors. IT Solutions offers design and construction of
corporate networks, automation of bank activities, installation
of access control systems, and perimeter security and video
surveillance. IT Solutions operates in the Azerbaijani market
and provides its clients with leading global brands and a
professional service. Last year, the company participated in the
CIPS exhibition, but as the main focus of the company is design,
supply and installation of ICT solutions and systems integration,
this year the company is presenting a new stand displaying IT
For the first time at the exhibition, the following products
will be present: the LanDocs Electronic Document Management
System, the industry solutions MS Dynamics CRM, and AX and NAV,
new solutions in telephony. The presentation will be by a
newcomer to the exhibition, the company AzLanit, which has an
office in Azerbaijan. The company will exhibit a range of
products and services, including system and network integration,
distribution, sale of licensed software to corporate users,
supply and maintenance of ATMs, banking equipment, professional
training and certification of IT specialists, IT outsourcing,
development of information systems, and business resource
At its stand, SilverKey Azerbaijan will demonstrate an online
payment system that will facilitate the development of
electronic commerce in Azerbaijan.
Another newcomer to BakuTel, Caspian NavTel will exhibit the
latest navigation software. Caspian NavTel is the only company
that uses a GPS navigation system based on a detailed digital
map. Caspian NavTel will introduce visitors to safe vehicle and
portable navigation equipment, including a competitively priced,
high- quality satellite surveillance system, which combines
Pirelli Broadband Solutions will present the latest routers and
business interfaces, as well as innovative offerings for network
connection for both corporate and private subscribers.
One of the sponsors of BakuTel 2009 is the permanent exhibitor
Nokia Siemens Networks, a leading global provider of
telecommunications services. The company will offer visitors a
full range of mobile, fixed and converged network technologies,
as well as professional services such as consulting, integration,
deployment and system maintenance, and services for managing
The partners of the exhibition include Azercell, MBASK, Caspian
Travel SIAR and KREA.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see high-tech
solutions and new technologies already available in the market,
as well as discover new products which will be introduced in the
country in the near future. The comprehensive introduction of
modern communication technologies will contribute to the
effective implementation of priority national projects, and the
quality and accessibility of social services for people
throughout the country.
Traditionally, the exhibition includes an active business
programme of seminars, round tables and online forums.
The 2nd Caspian International Security, Safety and Rescue Exhibition CIPS
BakuTel will be held in one venue with CIPS 2009, the 2nd Caspian International Protection, Security & Rescue Exhibition. The exhibitions are being held together because ICT technologies are widely used in ensuring public safety, and the content of the exhibitions will, therefore, be of interest to specialists in both sectors.
Companies from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus have already confirmed their participation in the events. Brands such as Panasonic, LG and Forteza will be presented at the show. CIPS 2009 will not only demonstrate achievements in the development of rescue equipment, fire safety and computer security, but will also act as a centre for exchanging information, forming ideas and seeking opportunities to join efforts to combat the various threats to life and production. Visitors and exhibitors will be able to learn about special vehicles, industrial espionage prevention systems, communication and alarm systems, and burglar alarms. CCTV systems will be widely exhibited this year.
Despite the fact that the exhibition is very young and is being held for only the second time, there is much interest in it and many industry specialists are expected to attend.