ArmenTel selects ZTE for DSL rollout

27 Oct 2006

Armenia’s national PTO ArmenTel has signed a contract with ZTE of China for the supply of the country’s first DSL broadband network, writes Telecompaper. In August this year ArmenTel selected ZTE to build it a CDMA450 wireless in the local loop (WiLL) network to complement its existing fixed line infrastructure, providing coverage in areas not presently served by the telco’s PSTN.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, ArmenTel was established in March 1995 as a joint venture between the Ministry of Communications and US-owned Trans World Telecom. In 1997 the MTC launched the privatisation of the telco, and at the end of that year Greece’s Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) won an international tender, paying USD143 million for a 90% stake in ArmenTel in March 1998. OTE has been looking to offload its holding however, and in October 2006 UAE-based operator Etisalat was reported to have won the tender for the stake, although it has since denied this.

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