Armenia’s VivaCell-MTS unveils plans for LTE launch

9 Sep 2010

Armenian mobile operators VivaCell-MTS, a subsidiary of Russian powerhouse Mobile TeleSystems, has revealed plans to launch a next generation mobile network based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Online news portal PanArmenian.net quotes the operator’s chief executive Ralf Yirikian as saying that his firms current 3G network is available to 92% of the population but that: ‘technical preparations for [fourth] generation network launch are in progress. The technology in question was implemented in only a few countries and Armenia is to be among them.’ TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database writes that VivaCell-MTS had more than 2.1 million subscribers as at 30 June 2010, up 3.9% on the number recorded in the same period of 2009. In 2010 the cellco has ramped up its portfolio of products and services in a bid to garner market share. Most recently, in August it improved its ‘MTS Connect Unlimited’ tariff plan, offering subscribers 5GB of high speed internet downloads per month, instead of the previous 1GB of data, for the same monthly cost of AMD8,800 (USD2.42). In addition, the cellco is providing an MTS Connect modem free of charge for users taking a one-year subscription.

Armenia, MTS Armenia (Viva-MTS)