ArmenTel hopes to triple 3G capacity

6 Apr 2010

PanARMENIAN.Net reports that national fixed line and mobile operator ArmenTel, trading under the Beeline trademark of its parent Vimpelcom, plans to triple its 3G communication capacity by the end of 2010. More than 100,000 Beeline subscribers currently use the cellco’s mobile internet services, including 3G.

Last month Armentel CEO Igor Klimko says the group’s Russian parent is planning to roll out Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the country, following successful trials of a test LTE network in Kazakhstan. At the time Klimko said: ‘It is very important to note that the decision on frequency harmonisation, in which the LTE network 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+ (HSPA) technology with 4G.