Azerbaijan Mobile Billing and Messaging Overview


Billing Type: MO

Subscriptions: Yes   Possible via Bakcell, on application only.

Micropayments: Yes

Shared Price Points: AZN 0.59, AZN 2.36, AZN 4.72.

AZN 0.40, AZN 0.64, AZN 0.90, AZN 1.02 AZN 2.60, AZN 5.10 available on request.

Dedicated Price Points: Available on request.

Standard rate Price Points: Not available.

Regulator: The Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Approvals/Fees Required: Yes   Approval required.

Country Info

Population: 9,911,646

Subscribers: 10,350,200

Mobile Penetration Rate: 66.4%

Average Individual Income: $10,201

VAT Rate: 18%

Withholding Tax: 0%

Network Information:

Carriers: Subscribers: Market Share:
Azercell 4,417,000 41.88%
Bakcell 3,400,000 30.10%
Azerfon 2,900,000 28.01%


Regulation Overview

Regulator: The Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Regulator Website:

Code of Conduct: There are currently no specific regulatory documents available for Azerbaijan

Opt-in Possibilities

Web (PIN) Opt-in: No

WORAR (Requiring a Reply): Yes

Single MO Shortcode Opt-in: Yes

In-app Billing: Yes

Multi-billing - Are you able to send multiple MOs?: Yes

Multi-billing - Are you able to send multiple MTs?: No

Permitted Content

General Content Restrictions: Strictly no adult or gambling.

Adult Permissible: Yes   Bikini only.

Mobile Gambling /mCasino (Real money): No

Sportsbook (Real money): No

Virtual Gambling (Virtual credit): Yes

Lottery (Real money): No

Competitions: No

Voting: Yes

Chat: Yes

Mobile Content: Yes

Info Messages: Yes

Alerts: No

Physical Goods: No

Calling Services: No

Charitable Services: Yes   Possible with approval.

Spend Limits

Maximum Transactional Value: 7-8 AZN   Will be confirmed with network on approval.

Subscriptions Limit: No disclosed limit.

Daily Billing Limit: No disclosed limit.

Weekly Billing Limit: No disclosed limit.

Monthly Billing Limit: No disclosed limit.

Soft Cap: No disclosed cap.

Hard Cap: No disclosed cap.

Customer Care

Minimum Type Required: E-Mail (24hr Response)


Available Technologies

Premium MO SMS: Yes

Premium MT SMS: No

WAP Billing: No

Direct Operator Billing: No

MSISDN Forwarding: No

IVR Billing: No

Number Lookup (HLR): No

Number Lookup (VLR) /(RTLU): Yes

VSIM/Longcode: Yes

Bulk SMS: Yes

Push Messaging: Yes

USSD Messaging: No

USSD Menus (Sessions): No


Premium Shortcodes: 4 digit short codes.

Non-Premium Shortcodes: Not available.

Adult Shortcodes: Not available.

FreeText Shortcodes: No

Golden/Vanity Numbers Available?: No

Charity Shortcodes: No

Bulk Messaging

Alpha sender ID: Yes   Bakcell only.

Numeric sender ID: Yes

Alpha numeric sender ID: Yes   Excludes Azercell for Alpha.

Shortcode sender ID: Yes

Sender IDs filtered: Yes

Handset Delivery reports: Yes

SMSC Delivery report: No

Binary: Yes

Concatenated Messages: Yes

Character Encoding: Yes   Full SMPP v3.4

Character Sets Supported: Yes   0×00(Default GSM encoding), 0×01(US-ASCII), 0×02(Binary), 0×03(ISO8859-1-Latin-1), 0×04(Binary), 0×08(UCS2/UTF-16BE)

Submit_multi: Yes

Maximum validity periods: 48 hours   Which is the recommended value.

Traffic type exclusions?: No exclusions other than no illegal services or content.