Armenian alternative fixed line service provider GNC-ALFA claims it can now provide services across the entire country using non-geographic numbers from the list (060) 46ХХХХ. Local news journal ARKA says that as a result of the move, GNC-ALFA’s corporate clients are now able to make calls to any destination in Armenia or abroad at more affordable rates. Although the service is currently limited to business/corporate clients, from June this year the altnet intends to offer it to residential customers too.
In January this year, the carrier announced the extension of its countrywide 10Gbps bandwidth IP/MPLS network to the cities of Gavar, Idjevan, Martuni and Noemberyan. GNC-ALFA said that its network aggregation nodes – using equipment supplied by Juniper Networks – have been put into operation in the above-mentioned areas. The network allows the altnet to provide a range of communications services including IP transit, internet access, data telecommunication, virtual private networks (VPNs) and other services to other operators, ISPs and corporate customers. Then in February, Russian telco Rostelecom announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Teleset Networks, had invested RUB682 million (USD22.5 million) to take a 75% minus one share stake in GNC-ALFA, giving it access to a well-developed infrastructure for broadband and pay-TV services in a sector which has a significant growth potential.