French/US equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Armenian broadband internet service provider iCON Communications (iCON) to deploy and maintain a commercial WiMAX 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e) network in Armenia. The new network will enable iCON to offer advanced wireless broadband services in the country by the end of 2008. The first city targeted with WiMAX will be the capital, Yerevan. iCON is looking to provide a range of services including high speed internet access, VoIP and VPNs to business users, government organisations and residential customers. Adam Kablanian, chief executive officer of iCON Communications, said: ‘We see a clear demand for quality, competitively-priced broadband access both in enterprise and consumer segments in Armenia. Given our aggressive timeline for launch, we chose Alcatel-Lucent’s quick-to-deploy wireless WiMAX solution to provide local broadband access in a market underserved by the wireline services providers’.
Alca-Lu is supplying an end-to-end WiMAX Rev-e platform comprising base stations, wireless access controllers, and an operations and maintenance centre (OMC) as well as customer premises equipment (CPE). The core IP network is based on the Alcatel-Lucent 7710 Service Router, which Alca-Lu claims provides resilient IP/MPLS networking functionality for new mobile IP services. The vendor will also provide its 9500 Microwave Cross Connect (MXC) and 9400 AWY Microwave systems to support iCON’s backhaul requirements.
iCON Communications was established in late 2007 and is on track to launch its services covering all major cities, tourist locations and large enterprise locations in Armenia by the end of 2009, with service available in Yerevan before the end of 2008.