MTS picks Huawei for VivaCell’s 3G network

19 Jan 2009

Russian mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) says it has selected Huawei Technologies of China to supply a 3G network for its Armenian cellular unit, K-Telecom (VivaCell). MTS declined to give the value of the contract but said Huawei would be supplying base transceiver stations and controllers under the deal. VivaCell plans to launch its UMTS network in the spring.

In August 2008 K-Telecom said it hoped to launch its 3G network in the early part of 2009, initially with 3G coverage in the capital Yerevan and two other cities, Gyumri and Vanadzor, offering a range of high speed mobile services and data transmission. The operator was allocated spectrum in October 2007, along with ArmenTel (Beeline), which has also made public its intention to launch 3G services in 2009.