ArmenTel demonstrates internet services at open zones

20 May 2010

Armenian fixed and mobile operator ArmenTel, which trades under the Beeline banner of Russian parent Vimpelcom, is opening demonstration zones at some of its retail outlets in order to test its new internet connectivity services. PanArmenian.Net reports that the move forms part of the operator’s customer service improvement programmes and is designed to stimulate uptake as it gears up to expand its internet user base. The demonstration zones will allow users of USB modem or Hi Line services to test connection quality and types of tariff on offer before signing a contract.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reports that ArmenTel is ramping up its activities in the internet sphere in 2010, and in April revealed plans to triple its 3G communication capacity by the end of this year. More than 100,000 Beeline subscribers currently use the cellco’s mobile internet services, including 3G. ArmenTel CEO Igor Klimko was quoted at the time as saying that 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. 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.

Armenia, Team Telecom Armenia (formerly Beeline)