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Azerbaijan - Premium SMS, Short Code Requirements.


The regulations in Azerbaijan caters and covers all of the Mobile Payment types, that includes Premium SMS BillingStandard Rate ServicesShort Codes and Operator Billing.


MinistryAzerbaijanLogo-s.gif The Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Azerbaijani: Аzərbаycаn Rеspubliкаsının Rabitə və Informasiya Texnologiyaları Nаzirliyi) is an Azerbaijani governmental agency within the Cabinet of Azerbaijan in charge of regulation of the communications sector and development of information technologies in the country. The ministry is headed by Ali Abbasov.




azercell-logo2.jpg Azercell - Network name in txtNations system: AZERCELL-AZ

LLC “Azercell Telecom” was established in 1996. Founders were Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri A. S. and Ministry of Communications of Azerbaijan Republic. “Azercell Telecom” started its activities on December 15, 1996 offering subscribers mobile telecommunications services based on postpaid system. In 1998 prepaid system was launched with tariff package — SimSim that was very successful. As being the leader of the market and very dynamic company it’s known as the trend setter in mobile telecommunications market in Azerbaijan applying new technologies and offering various tariff packages, products and services that are beyond the customer needs.



bakcell-azerbaijan.jpg  Bakcell

Bakcell LLC (Bakcell LLC) — was established in March 1994 as a Joint Venture between GTIB and the Ministry of Communication of the Azerbaijan Republic. Bakcell was the first company that began to provide cellular communication services in Azerbaijan. The entire network has been upgraded to 3G technology on November 2011 and provides high speed internet under its SUR@ brand. On October 2013 Bakcell signed partnership contract with Manchester United and became Manchester United’s first official telecommunications and broadcast partner for all CIS countries. Bakcell is also the first company in Azerbaijan to start MNP (Mobile Number Portability) process (August 2013).




Azerfon LLC [1] launched its commercial activities on 21 March 2007 under brand name Nar Mobile. Today the network coverage of Azerfon claims to reach 80% of the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic (essentially all given that some 15% of the territory is under occupation). In certain remote areas (e.g. Qarxun and Sohub villages of Quba district) Nar is the only provider offering service. Currently, over 2,100,000 subscribers use the network. In 2009 a non-stock partnership agreement was signed between Azerfon LLC and Vodafone Company. In December 2009 Azerfon released its 3G (UMTS) network, the first GSM operator in Azerbaijan to do so.[2]

Azerfon started its commercial activities in March 21, 2007 by introducing the trademark Nar Mobile – the new mobile operator in the telecommunications market of the country. Nar Mobile trade mark was selected as a symbol of link between Azerbaijan’s rich cultural heritage and modern life. During the past 4 years Nar Mobile became increasingly popular operator due to its lowest tariffs, transparent prices and customer oriented campaigns. Unlike its competitors, Nar Mobile has always used the local currency AzN (manats) for all payments, and refused from using konturs (units) when charging for its services. Charging AzN allows customers to see the value of their payments and allows better control of their communication costs. This was one of the major innovations that Nar Mobile brought to mobile communications market of the country.



Market Statistics


Coming into 2010 Azerbaijan’s mobile subscriber base was approaching 8 million (90% penetration). Mobile subscriber growth had moderated to a still healthy 20% in 2009, down from almost 50% in 2008. Operator Azercell continues to command a major share of the market (around 60%), but this dominance was being slowly eroded. Although the fixed network provides good national coverage, there was little sign of a growth surge in this market; but the country could still claim a fixed-line penetration of just under 16% by end-2009 and growth was continuing along a modest path in 2010.



Area: Total: 86,600 sq km Land: 82,629 sq km Water: 3,971 sq km
Cities: BAKU (capital) 1.95 million (2009)
Terrain: large, flat Kur-Araz Ovaligi (Kura-Araks Lowland) (much of it below sea level) with Great Caucasus Mountains to the north, Qarabag Yaylasi (Karabakh Upland) in west; Baku lies on Abseron Yasaqligi (Apsheron Peninsula) that juts into Caspian Sea
Climate: dry, semiarid steppe


Nationality: Noun: Azerbaijani(s) Adjective: Azerbaijani
Population: 8,372,373
Annual population growth rate: 0.846%
Language: Azerbaijani (Azeri) (official) 90.3%, Lezgi 2.2%, Russian 1.8%, Armenian 1.5%, other 3.3%, unspecified 1% (1999 census) 
Flag: azerbaijan_flag_48.png

Type: Republic
Independence: 30 August 1991 (declared from the Soviet Union); 18 October 1991 (adopted by the Supreme Council of Azerbaijan)
Constitution: adopted 12 November 1995; modified by referendum 24 August 2002
Branches: chief of state: President Ilham ALIYEV; head of government: Prime Minister Artur RASIZADE; First Deputy Prime Minister Yaqub EYYUBOV; cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president and confirmed by the National Assembly
Political parties: Azerbaijan Democratic Party; Civil Solidarity Party; Civil Unity Party; Classic People's Front of Azerbaijan; Democratic Reform Party; Great Creation Party; Hope (Umid) Party; Justice Party; Liberal Party of Azerbaijan; Motherland Party; Musavat (Equality); Open Society Party; Social Democratic Party of Azerbaijan; Social Welfare Party; United Popular Azerbaijan Front Party; Whole Azerbaijan Popular Front Party; Yeni (New) Azerbaijan Party
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Nominal GDP: $90.79 billion (2010 est.)
GDP per capita: $10,900 (2010 est.)
Annual GDP growth rate: 5%
Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, non-ferrous metals, bauxite
Agriculture: cotton, grain, rice, grapes, fruit, vegetables, tea, tobacco; cattle, pigs, sheep, goats
Industry: petroleum and natural gas, petroleum products, oilfield equipment; steel, iron ore; cement; chemicals and petrochemicals; textiles
Trade: Export - Italy 25.8%, US 11.9%, France 9%, Israel 8.4%, Russia 5.1%, Indonesia 4.5% (2009) Import - Russia 17.5%, Turkey 14.8%, Germany 9%, Ukraine 8.4%, China 7.9%, UK 4.5%, US 4.3% (2009)



Market Growth

General region↓ Total number of Internet users (thousands)↓ Internet Users per 100 inhab.↓ Total population (thousands)↓ GDP per capita↓ GDP total (thousands)↓ Mobile subscibers per 100 inhab.↓ Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
Asia Pacific Region 3689  42.0  8,781 8,128.27 74,143,400  88.3 2000
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The Manat (code: AZN) is the currency of Azerbaijan. It is subdivided into 100 qəpik. The word manat is borrowed from "moneta" (coin) which is pronounced as "maneta". The Azerbaijani manat symbol is Azeri manat symbol.svg,, and m, man., can be used as a substitute for the manat symbol.

10AZN in £GBP

10AZN in $USD

10AZN in €EUR


Approval Process

As part of the application process for a short code, you will need to complete a txtNation Customer Care Form (CCF). The typical time it takes to get service approval feedback is 1 week and it is roughly 1 week to get live once your CCF has been approved.


Promotional Guidelines

There is currently no set regulation documents for Azerbaijan at the time of writing. However your service will be evaluated to ensure you are delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Messages Flow Requirements

There is currently no set regulation documents for Azerbaijan at the time of writing. However your service will be evaluated to ensure you are delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Service Types

There is currently no set regulation documents for Azerbaijan at the time of writing. However your service will be evaluated to ensure you are delivering value for money and is honest and fair.

- Subscriptions services are possible via Bakcell in Azerbaijan, request on application.

- Adult content is possible in the form of bikini only.


Billing Types

We operate on Mobile Originated (MO) billed line on dedicated lines in the Azerbaijan. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types.


Shortcodes and Keywords

On our dedicated code in Azerbaijan, we operate on a 4 digit short code for each carrier. 



The current Azerbaijan rate of tax is available via Wikipedia. The out-payments on our rate cards are exclusive of VAT, so if you are VAT registered you can claim a higher outpayment than is shown.


Dedicated Codes 

Dedicated codes are available with a 2 - 5 week lead time depending on carrier availability, the carriers approve based on their backlog, the time of year, price point and service type. You can read more about Short Code Coverage, SMS Billing Services and Mobile Payments in Azerbaijan via the txtNation Gateway.


Azerbaijan has the following Mobile Payment options available, all of which fall under these regulations:

  • Premium SMS (P-SMS) including Short Code services

Additional options for Mobile Payments and Messaging in Azerbaijan include:

  • HLR Lookup
  • Bulk SMS

Note: This page is updated as frequently as possible when we are informed from the regulators or mobile operators in Azerbaijan of a change or update in regulations. There may be a latest version of Premium SMS, Mobile Payments or Short Code Regulations in Azerbaijan. Please contact your account manager for more information.

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