Armenian broadband access provider UCOM LLC plans to increase its service coverage to the rest of the capital Yerevan by the end of 2012, UCOM director Hayk Yesayan told journalists yesterday. Yesayan confirmed that expansion work to connect the city’s apartments in high-rise buildings to its network will be completed within the next two months, following which it will ‘start connecting 53,000 privately-owned houses in the capital,’ he said. Last month CommsUpdate reported that the operator had completed its latest network expansion, connecting the Achapnyak district in Yerevan to offer homes and businesses in the area access to its broadband connections at speeds ranging from 8Mbps to 24Mbps. UCOM’s basic broadband package costs AMD8,000 (USD20.58) per month for an 8Mbps (downlink) connection, increasing to AMD12,000 (12Mbps) and AMD15,000 (15Mbps), respectively. Yesayan added that UCOM currently has around 30,000 subscribers, of which 70% (21,000) are internet users, and only 30% are triple-play – TV, broadband internet access and IP telephony – subscribers. ‘We started providing our services in Yerevan Kentron district in 2010 … Interestingly, we have virtually no cases of refusal of service, which is very significant,’ he claimed.
Not content to rest there, Yesayan says his firm’s fibre-optic network will ‘fully cover Armenia’ by the second quarter of 2014. He said that within the next month UCOM will ‘start the construction of the network in the regions of Armenia, and in two years we will establish a fibre-optic network which will fully cover the country,’ he said. The first cities targeted with the new infrastructure are Gyumri and Vanadzor, followed by the regions adjacent to Yerevan. To boost take-up in the provinces, UCOM plans to introduce a range of special tariffs he said, noting that ‘social conditions are different in the regions and in the capital. Taking into account this fact, we will develop special tariff plans for the regions.’ The new price plans are expected to be unveiled soon.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, UCOM LLC was founded in 2007 to deliver a range of traditional and innovative high quality services in the Armenian telecommunications market. Having partnered with equipment vendor Ericsson, Yerevan-based UCOM has built a fibre-optic network based on Gigabit Passive Optical Network (G-PON) technology and today offers triple-play internet, TV and voice telephony services to residential subscribers through its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.