This time last year while on a Roaming Project with an Operator in Azerbaijan I had the luck to see one of the most amazing cities, with the most amazing architecture and wonderful kind people.
This year the 2015 European Games, also known as Baku 2015 or Baku 2015 European Games (Azerbaijani: Bakı 2015 Avropa Oyunları), will be the inaugural edition of the European Olympic Games, an international multi-sport event for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Europe. It will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 12 to 28 June 2015, and will feature over 6,000 athletes from 50 NOCs competing in 20 sports.
Baku was awarded the right to host of the first European Games at the 41st EOC General Assembly in Rome, on 8 December 2012. The European Games will take place every four years thereafter, with the next competition due to be held in 2019.
A land of plentiful natural resources, centuries-old culture and deeply-engrained hospitality, Azerbaijan unites Eastern Europe and Western Asia, sharing its borders with its neighbours Iran and Turkey to the south, Russia to the north, Armenia to the west, and Georgia to the north-west.
Azerbaijan is roughly the size of Austria with a population around 9.5 million, 50% of which is under the age of 30. Azerbaijani is the official state language, but many locals speak Russian and English, especially in the cities.
The currency in Azerbaijan is the Manat, which is approximately equal in value to the Euro. Azerbaijan enjoys a booming economy that achieved the second highest GDP growth in the world between 2000 and 2010. The boom is mainly driven by the rich oil and gas resources but a strong maritime tradition also exists thanks to its 456-kilometre long coastal border along the Caspian Sea. The economy is additionally supported by growing agriculture and tourism sectors, which the government is actively developing.
There are three GSM Operators in Azerbaijan. The official telecoms Sponsor of the Olympic games is Nar Mobile.
1 Azercell Telecom GSM 900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+1800 MHz LTE 4.417
2 Bakcell Telecom GSM 900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+ 3.4 GTIB
3 Nar Mobile GSM 1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+ 2.1
Source: Baku2015.com, Wikipedia