ArmenTel announces imminent launch of GPRS services

26 Mar 2007

Armenian fixed and mobile operator ArmenTel, which is now owned by the Russian mobile communications firm Vimpelcom, says it has launched a pilot trial of GPRS services and now plans to introduce a commercial service within the next month.

Last week, CommsUpdate reported that the Armenian government had agreed to sell its 10% stake in national telecoms operator ArmenTel to Vimpelcom for EUR38 million (USD50.8 million). The deal will give the Russian operator full ownership of the Armenian PTO, following its acquisition of OTE of Greece’s 90% interest in November 2006 for EUR341.9 million, plus about EUR40 million of debt.