PSRC says 3G networks now cover 97.7% of Armenia’s territory, with 2G coverage at 100%

25 Sep 2014

Gevorg Gevorgyan, the head of telecoms within Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC), says that the country’s three mobile network operators – VivaCell-MTS, ArmenTel (Beeline) and Orange Armenia – have now deployed 3G services covering 97.7% of the territory, while 2G coverage stands at 100%. In a statement to the Commission yesterday, Mr Gevorgyan confirmed that as a result of the efforts of the incumbents, 3G now reaches all but 23 of the nation’s 1,001 towns and settlements.

VivaCell-MTS, majority-owned by Russian powerhouse Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has the best 3G coverage, he says, with a live signal in 957 residential areas, and only 44 unserved. Second spot is taken by Orange Armenia with coverage of 773 settlements and 228 still to be upgraded, while Beeline can lay claim to just 346 areas served, and a sizeable 655 that are without 3G.

VivaCell-MTS also claimed the top spot in terms of GSM 2G coverage according to the PSRC, with coverage of 984 settlements (i.e. a deficit of 17), ahead of Beeline with 2G in 853 residential areas (148), and Orange Armenia with 803 (198).

As a result of the operators’ service expansions, all residential areas in the country were served by at least one cellco at 1 January 2014, where it says 8.5% of settlements are served by a single network, 23.0% from two operators and 68.5% from all three.