NSN upgrades Orange Armenia network to HSPA and HD voice

9 Dec 2010

Orange Armenia, the eastern European country’s third mobile operator, has upgraded its national network with High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and high definition (HD) voice services, Mobile Europe reports. The cellco employed the services of Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to carry out the modernisation of the core and access network which will enable Orange to provide high quality voice calls and data speeds of up to 14.4Mbps in the nation’s main cities. ‘It is our endeavour to introduce innovative, high quality broadband services. We are proud to be the first in Armenia to make available these innovations to our customers,’ said Bruno Duthoit, CEO, Orange Armenia. ‘In partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks, we are aiming to set a new benchmark on quality of voice and data services to deliver an unprecedented experience for our subscribers now and in the future.’

The mobile start-up, which is owned by France Telecom, had 45,000 mobile broadband customers at the end of September 2010, and its 3G network provided access to 93% of the population. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database the company is aggressively rolling out its services in the country and in June this year revealed plans to roll out voice and internet coverage to 95% of the Armenian population by the end of 2010, with FT executive vice president for Europe and Sourcing, Olaf Swantee, confirming the group intended to invest USD50 million to achieve the set target.