Armenian alternative operator GNC-ALFA, majority owned by Russia’s Rostelecom through its wholly-owned subsidiary Teleset Networks, has revealed plans to expand its operational footprint in Armenia in 2013 via a USD12 million investment. The spending comes on top of the USD10 million CAPEX committed in FY2012 which has helped GNC-ALFA to extend its networks to a number of new areas this year.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reports that from 17 December, GNC-ALFA started selling fixed telephony and broadband services under the Rostelecom brand, with IPTV services due to be introduced in 2013. GNC-ALFA’s network is based on fibre-optic cable infrastructure spanning approximately 2,500km, and covering approximately 70%-80% of the territory of the Republic. The altnet’s network is interconnected with the region’s major backbone networks, as well as sharing international gateways with Iran and Georgia. GNC-ALFA claims to be the largest independent aggregator of national IP-traffic, and its subsequent transit, in the country.