iCON extends internet service coverage; ArmenTel plans 3G expansion

1 Oct 2009

Armenian internet access and services provider iCON Communications says it plans to extend its service coverage to the whole of Yerevan territory by the end of this year. PanARMENIAN.Net quotes iCON’s commercial director, Raffi Kasarjin, as saying the firm’s current footprint includes Kentron, Arabkir, Ajapnyak, Vahagni, Zeitoun communities, as well as districts adjacent to the railway station, Nork districts 2 to 8, Avan and Kasakh village. Kasarjin went on to say that the operator has signed up more than 3,000 customers – mainly residential users – and that it hopes to roll out services to the whole of the Yerevan region by late 2009, or early 2010. iCON has already invested USD10 million in Armenia, he said, a figure that will climb to USD15-USD16 million following the latest expansion.

In a separate development, the country’s dominant fixed line and mobile operator ArmenTel, which brands its services under the Beeline banner of its owner Vimpelcom, says it plans to carry out a 3G network expansion and modernisation programme in the country. ArmenTel was the first company to launch 3G in Armenia and said that in the first year of operations, mobile data volume transfers grew 4.5 times.