Barama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of Azercell Telecom LLC represented Azerbaijan in yet another international conference together with Technote, the most successful start-up of the country, supported by PASHA Bank. Thus, Barama and Technote attended the web-summit held in Lisbon, Portugal, being the only representatives from Azerbaijan and joined various events, exchanging their experience during the summit.
Web Summit is a technology conference held annually since 2009. The Conference attendees range from large companies to small tech companies. This includes a mix of CEOs and founders of tech start-ups together with a range of people from across the global technology industry, as well as related industries. Over 60,000 attendees from over 160 countries together took part in the event this year. From the political sphere, Former Vice President of the United States of America Al Gore, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, and former president of France François Hollande joined the conference as speakers. In addition to these speakers, some of the biggest names in, including Intel, Oracle, Microsoft CEOs and other prominent company founders also attended the conference.
Barama Innovation Center was founded in 2009 by Azercell with the aim to support entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan. The Center generally supports IT projects and startups operating in this industry and helps them grow as independent businesses. Barama Center has facilitated the realization of dozens of projects and competitions in the country.
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The leader of the mobile communication industry of Azerbaijan and the biggest investor in the non-oil sector Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996. With 48% share of Azerbaijan’s mobile market Azercell’s network covers 80% of the territory 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, 24/7 Customer Care, online customer services, GPRS/EDGE, M2M, MobilBank, one-stop- shop service offices Azercell Express, mobile e-service “ASAN signature”, 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.