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Azerbaijani Women’s ICT Club FEMMES DIGITALES celebrated traditional International Girls in ICT Day established by International Telecommunication Union. The conference called “DigiGirls of Azerbaijan: A Bright Future in ICTs. Opportunities for a new generation of women” conducted by “FEMMES DIGITALES” in co-operation with Microsoft was supported by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, ADA University – SITE (School of Information Technologies and Engineering), and other companies including Azercell Telecom.
Before the conference the participants got great opportunity to get personally acquainted with women succeeding in ICT in Azerbaijan and receive answers to various questions. Khavar Babazada, Head of Technologies Department at Azercell Telecom, and co-founder of the club, gave an account of her career history in ICT and explained the specific nature of working in this industry.
The event mainly discussed the importance of increasing awareness in information and communication technologies among Azerbaijani girls and women and encouraging professional engagement, facilitating educational and career opportunities in ICT companies and educational institutions for women and other related topics.
Ramin Orujov, Head of Information Services Unit of IT Department at Azercell, also took the floor at the event speaking about the role of women in ICT sector and women who have successfully managed to achieve professional development and deal with family obligations in their daily life at the same time.
The FEMMES DIGITALES is the first professional structure in the country, bringing together over 100 women engaged in information and communication technologies. The club is aimed to encourage Azerbaijani women and girls to study and build careers in this exciting and rapidly developing area by various meetings and hands-on workshops. Azercell, one of the leading Azerbaijani companies in ICT industry, continues to support the youngsters in this field.
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Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996 and since the first years sustains a leading position in the market. Azercell introduced number of technological innovations in Azerbaijan: GSM technology, advance payment mobile services, M2M,MobilBank, GPRS/EDGE (mobile internet), 24/7 Customer Care, full-time operating Azercell Express offices, mobile e-service “ASAN imza” (ASAN signature) and others. With 48,2% share of Azerbaijan’s mobile market Azercell’s network covers 99,8% of the country’s population. In 2015, the number of Azercell’s subscribers reached 4,5 million people. In 2011 Azercell deployed 3G and in 2012 the fourth generation network – LTE in Azerbaijan. The Company is the leader of Azerbaijan’s mobile communication industry and the biggest investor in the non-oil sector. Azercell is a part of Telia Company Group of Companies serving 186 million subscribers in 17 countries worldwide with 27,000 employees.