ArmenTel targets 100% digitisation by 2010

22 May 2009

Armenian incumbent fixed line operator ArmenTel (Beeline) aims to fully digitise its PSTN by 2010, according to Dmitri Pleskonos, the vice president of business development in CIS for Vimpelcom – the operator’s parent company. PanARMENIAN.Net quotes Mr Pleskonos as saying the digitisation rate is currently 67%, putting it near the top in terms of CIS countries (Uzbekistan has the highest level (with 69%) and the Russian owners ‘do not project to cut investments into financially efficient activities in Armenia’, this year. Over the last two years ArmenTel has spent around USD200 million to upgrade analogue network exchanges across the country. Most recently, in April 2009, it completed the upgrade of three more sites in the capital, raising digitisation in Yerevan to 90%. By 2010 the company hopes to have completed the full digitisation of the fixed telephony network, he added.