ArmenTel (Beeline), a wholly owned subsidiary of VimpelCom of Russia, has announced it is doubling internet speeds for its Hi Line ADSL broadband subscribers. In a press release, the company said that the initial phase of the plan will double the speed of users’ 1Mbps service to 2Mbps, starting 15 November, with no additional costs or material changes to their service plans. ArmenTel director Andrey Piatakhin notes that as part of the carrier’s social responsibilities, all users who have a lower channel capacity will be upgraded first under the plan. ArmenTel is investing millions of dollars into its ADSL network modernisation programme, with managing director Igor Klimko highlighting the company’s plan to augment its networks with ADSL2+ technology in the very near future, effectively doubling maximum download speeds to 24Mbps. To facilitate this upgrade, Klimko says that the PTO has spent the past six months ensuring that all of its ADSL ports and modems are capable of supporting ADSL2+. The telco’s high speed broadband services were launched in 2007 and in early 2009, Hi Line ADSL services were expanded to 19 cities across Armenia, including the capital Yerevan.
In a related development, ArmenTel’s mobile unit says it has expanded its 3G coverage and upgrading GSM services in Northern Armenia, launching services earlier this month in Odzun agglomeration in the Lori municipality of the country. In October this year, ArmenTel launched its 3G services in the villages of Mikhailovka and Privolnoye in the Lori region, covering 22 square kilometres. More recently, ArmenTel has confirmed the expansion and upgrade of its 3G service in the resort of Dilizhan – tripling coverage there – while work is said to be ongoing in the Kotayk, Lori and Aragatsotn regions.