Vimpelcom to roll out LTE network in Armenia

30 Mar 2010

The chief executive of Armenian national PTO ArmenTel (Beeline), Igor Klimko, says the group’s Russian parent Vimpelcom is planning to roll out Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the country, following successful trails of a test LTE network in Kazakhstan. Online news service quotes Klimko as saying: ‘It is very important to note that the decision on frequency harmonisation, in which the LTE net construction will be permitted in Armenia, will also have an impact on our plans. We think that frequencies within 700MHz-800MHz harmonisation will be optimal.’ The telco’s rivals in the mobile market have mixed views on LTE. VivaCell-MTS intends to introduce a 4G service based on LTE technology during 2010, while Bruno Duthoit, the CEO of the third operator Orange Armenia, is on record as saying that the company does not plan to replace 3G+ technology with 4G.