UCOM plots Karabakh expansion; offers free Wi-Fi in Tsakhkadzor

15 Jul 2013

UCOM LLC, an alternative fixed telephony and broadband services provider in Armenia, has revealed plans to expand its operations into the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in 2015. Arka News quotes the firm’s director Hayk Yesayan as telling journalists at an informal meeting in Tsakhkadzor that UCOM is carrying out preliminary works to connect regional towns across Armenia and that in future, it intends to launch its own intercity networks.

In a separate development, Yesayan also noted that the altnet has started offering free Wi-Fi access in Tsakhkadzor – a tourist resort – which will be available in a number of public locations offering bandwidth of up to 54Mbps. ‘At this moment 43 people are connected to Wi-Fi and the network is working properly,’ the official said, adding: ‘Our goal is to encourage the spread and development of [the] internet in the regions’. Going forward UCOM intends to expand its Wi-Fi network with a similar free service in Armenia’s third largest town Vanadzor, the administrative centre of Lori province.

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. The company reported signing up its 50,000th customer in February this year, a figure it hopes to double in the short- to medium-term.

Armenia, Ucom