The largest telecommunications and information technology exhibition in the Caspian and Caucasus regions, BakuTel 2012, opened at Baku Expo Centre. The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan Republic, as well as by a number of international and industry institutions, including the United Nations (UN), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications. It also has a seal of approval awarded by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI). The exhibition is organized by ITE Group plc, a British company, and its partner in the Caucasus, Iteca Caspian.
President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva visited BakuTel 2012 on its opening. During the VIP tour, the head of state examined the products and services of leading local and international manufacturers, and visited the stands of the Centre for Research and Development of High Technologies, Easy Service, Aztelekom, Delta Telecom, Bakcell, Az?rkosmos, ZTE Corporation, Azerfon and Azercell. He also visited the Austrian national stand. The president’s attention was drawn to the fact that this year the exhibition is being attended by 160 companies from countries including the United States, Belarus, China, the Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and other countries. Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, France, Croatia, Israel, Slovenia and Canada are represented at the exhibition by national groups. Domestic IT companies, mobile operators, distributors, telecom operators and service providers are also showcasing their products and services at the exhibition. During his visit, the president gave an interview to foreign media representatives, who were preparing a special report on BakuTel. In his conclusion, the head of state wished success to the exhibitors and gave some instructions and recommendations.
This year, the participants at BakuTel include leading local and international IT companies, mobile operators, retailers, telecoms operators and service providers. The participants will be presenting new IT products and services, which will soon find their application in industry. On display are innovations in the fields of ICT, software and services for satellite communications, broadcasting equipment, etc. The newcomers at this year's exhibition are demonstrating portable mobile and analogue radios, smartphones, landline phones, tablet computers, advanced test equipment for telecommunication systems, gadgets and much more. BakuTel 2012 also features an active innovation component. The exhibition remains focused on the aerospace industry, the creation of a satellite ground control structure and personnel training. Thus, one of the participants in the sector is Azerkosmos, which is preparing to put the first Azerbaijani telecommunications satellite, ‘Azersat’, into space
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), launched in parallel with BakuTel is being attended by delegates from all over the world. This is the first time that the capital of Azerbaijan has hosted the IGF, which is supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan Republic. The Forum has invited more than 1,500 delegates to attend, including representatives of the ministries of various countries, international organizations, the world's largest Internet companies and telecommunications experts. This will be the seventh meeting of the Forum, during which workshops, presentations and other business events will take place.