Armenian broadband access provider UCOM LLC has said that following the successful completion of its test phase, it is now ready to launch alternative fixed telephony services in the country. PanArmenian.Net quotes UCOM director Hayk Yesayan as saying that his firm has concluded an interconnection deal with mobile operator Orange Armenia, allowing for ‘free communication between UCOM subscribers’. Under the agreement calls from Orange mobile numbers to UCOM fixed numbers will be provided at AMD35 (USD0.097) per minute in and around the capital Yerevan, with plans to extend the deal to other regions as and when UCOM expands its service coverage. Work still has to be done, however, to sign off on an interconnect deal with the country’s fixed line incumbent, ArmenTel. The head of ArmenTel’s PR department Anush Beghloyan told the journal that interconnection negotiations are ‘in progress’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in May this year UCOM revealed plans to launch fixed line telephony services – possibly before the end of the summer. At the time the telco’s head of marketing, Manushak Melkumyan, said: ‘Currently, works on the net[work’s] construction are [being] implemented, as well as negotiations with international operators of phone communication [services]’. She went on to say that UCOM was ready to begin offering reduced cost tariff plans for end users, saying its wholly owned fibre-optic network ‘should secure its competitiveness’ and allow it to offer competitively priced tariff plans for its services. UCOM secured the code ‘6045’ to operate voice telephony services and is looking at the possibility of having capacity for 10,000 telephone numbers.