Armenia’s leading mobile operator by subscribers K-Telecom (trading as VivaCell-MTS) has revealed plans to deploy 4G mobile broadband services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in 2010, according to local news agency ARKA. Although no specifics have been given, in a web site statement VivaCell-MTS, which is owned by Russian powerhouse Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), explained its decision by pointing to forecasts that suggest mobile broadband access growth will accelerate next year. Currently, around 600,000 of the cellco’s 2.045 million-strong customer base subscribe to some form of data product (i.e. GPRS, EDGE or UMTS technology), including around 400,000 3G subscribers.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database VivaCell-MTS controlled around 80% of the domestic mobile market as at 30 June 2009, ahead of the mobile arm of national PTO ArmenTel (Beeline) with the remainder. A new player, Orange Armenia, is on course to launch a mobile service by the end of the year.