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International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April. The day was declared by International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations agency on information and communication technology in 2010. On this occasion, the Ministry of Transportation, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan has organized the excursion of female school children of secondary school No.55 with the view to contribute to increasing women’s role in ICT field. The teenagers had a chance to visit Barama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of Azercell Telecom LLC, the leading mobile operator which plays a special role in the development of professional individuals in ICT. During the excursion, the representatives of Human Resources Department of Azercell made presentation about the projects carried out by company to support woman in ICT and told about the opportunities for them in this sector. They also gave information to the young visitors about Student Bursary and Internship Programs, Summer and Winter schools of Azercell. At the end of the event, a seminar on “Idea generation” was held for the schoolchildren in order to help them to get the insight of innovative process while learning the behavior of an entrepreneur as a group.
Notably, Azercell LLC taking the leading position in advanced technologies, always conducts various projects aimed at increasing the involvement of women in ICT and growing in this sphere professionally. Such projects also included various programs and meetings for women in IT and training events about the programs such as IT fundamentals, LINUX, CİSCO, ORACLE.
Over 9 years of its activity, Barama Center of Azercell has supported more than 70 startup projects and 45 of them have built successful businesses.
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The leader of the mobile communication industry, the largest taxpayer and the biggest investor of the non-oil sector of Azerbaijan Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996. With 48% share of Azerbaijan’s mobile telecom market Azercell’s network covers 80% of the territory (excluding 20% of the occupied territories) and 99,8% of population of the country. Currently, 4,5 million subscribers choose Azercell services. Azercell has pioneered an important number of innovations in Azerbaijan, including GSM technology, advance payment system, mobile internet services, Metro coverage, 24/7 call centre service, 7 day/week Front Office service, M2M services, one-stop-shopping approach Azercell Express offices, Online Customer Care and Social Media Customer Care services, Mobile Customer Care office, mobile e-signature service “ASAN Imza” etc. Azercell deployed first 4G – LTE services in Azerbaijan in 2012. According to the results of mobile network quality surveys of Global Wireless Solutions company and international systems specialized in wireless coverage mapping such as “Opensignal” and “Testmy.net”, Azercell’s network demonstrated the best results among the mobile operators of Azerbaijan.