BakuTel 2011, the largest telecommunication exhibition in the Caspian and Caucasus regions, will be held at Baku Expo Centre from 23rd to 26th November. Over the years, the exhibition has become a leading industry event, an integral part of the telecommunications market in the country and in the region as a whole. This event, which is long-awaited by all those interested in ICT, will not leave anyone indifferent. After all, this is where you can feel the power of progress and even get a glimpse into the future!
This year's exhibition has more than doubled in its size. Over 250 companies from 29 countries will gather in Baku in order to demonstrate new products and services.
Among the exhibitors are IT companies, mobile network operators, distributors and service companies. All these will be joined by BakuTel’s regular exhibitors - major players in the global IT market. The regular participants were joined by a lot of new companies who will demonstrate their technologies and services to a wide range of professionals in the region.
The regular participants of the exhibition include: Azel, Azercell Telecom, Azerfon, Aztelecom, SAZZ, B&B TV, Bakcell, Baku Telephone Communications Production Association, Caspel, Caspian Navtel, Delta Telecom, Idrak Technology Transfer, Microsoft, Nokia Siemens Networks, R.I.S.K., SINAM, Softline, Teleradio, Ultra è äðóãèå.
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: the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union.
130 year of Communications in Azerbaijan
This year, BakuTel coincides with celebrations for the 130th Anniversary of Communications in Azerbaijan. One hundred and thirty years ago, the Nobel Brothers laid the first telephone line in Baku and, since then, Azerbaijan has had its own place in the history of the communications industry. Today, Azerbaijan's ICT industry growth rate ranks first in the non-oil sector of the economy, which can be seen at the exhibition. The exhibition’s museum stand, which will track the development of the country’s telecommunications market over the years, will be dedicated to the 130th anniversary of communications in Azerbaijan.
The Smart Zone Project will be a new and important addition to the exhibition. The main objective of this project is to provide opportunities for young professionals to talk about their inventions, programmes and services at the region’s largest telecommunications event. The world's leading companies are always looking to introduce new innovations so they can stand out in this rapidly developing sphere. It's hard to imagine a “launch pad” more attractive than BakuTel for young talent to promote their own ideas and attract the attention of professionals. The 6 participants will present their projects and tell us what innovations they will bring into the industry and in our society. The Smart Zone Project will be located in the second hall of Baku Expo Center.
In the Innovation Zone exhibitors will demonstrate the latest automatic control systems (SON), software, servicing equipment for satellite communications, broadcasting equipment and technology, banking technologies and services, mobile communication innovations, new specialised magazines, etc will take their place in the catalogue of innovations. The catalogue will be distributed at Baku Expo Center for the duration of the show. Information about the innovations will also be available here.
For the first time this year, there will also be a Game Zone, where visitors will be able to test their gaming abilities on different playstations provided by Microsoft.
The BakuTel Conference
The BakuTel Conference, to be held on 24 November in the Conference Hall of Baku Expo Center, will be another important element of the business programme. The conference topics will cover the introduction of innovations to the Azerbaijani market, the development of broadband networks in the region, the implementation of the E-Government Project, the development of infrastructure and a legal framework, the Internet and social networking, and regional trends and prospects for ICT.