Government poised to launch tender for national high speed network

19 Jan 2011

The government of the Republic of Armenia will soon launch a tender for the construction of a national telecommunications network in the country, PanArmenian.Net reports. The news portal quotes the secretary of the council for assistance to IT development, Armen Grigoryan, as saying that the tender for a network with capacity of 100Mbps will be announced to ISPs ‘soon’. Further, Grigoryan estimates that the investment will total between USD60 million and USD100 million and that on completion, the winning vendor will be required to lease network capacity to other interested carriers.

The tender forms part of the government’s plan to roll out a national high speed broadband internet network in the country under a programme being implemented jointly with the World Bank. The bank made a commitment to allocate USD24 million for the project last November. According to the state secretary, construction works will hopefully be launched within three months, with national PTO ArmenTel lined up as one company interested in participating in the tender.

Armenia, Team Telecom Armenia (formerly Beeline)