ArmenTel (Beeline) expands GSM, UMTS converge in Yerevan and the regions

16 Dec 2014

ArmenTel, which trades under the Beeline banner of its Russian parent Vimpelcom, has announced the firm’s latest mobile network expansion, which it says has significantly expanded 2G (GSM) and 3G (UMTS) coverage in the capital Yerevan and across the regions. The operator noted that under the latest expansion works, new 3G base stations have been deployed in Aragatsotn, Ararat, Vayotsdzor, Gegharkunik, Lori and Tavush regions to improve cellular coverage, while 2G base transceiver stations (BTS) have also been installed in Yerevan and the Ararat region. Last month, Beeline also improved the coverage of its 2G and 3G networks at Zvartnots international airport.

TeleGeography notes that the latest upgrade works follow August 2014’s announcement from the carrier that it had installed 3G BTS along Yerevan’s Tsitsernakberd road, as well as in: Khndzoresk in Syunik province; Kalavan, Shorzha, Artanish and Madina, all in Gegarkuni region; Bartsrashen, Musaelyan and Dzorashen in the Shirak region; and Araler in Aragatsotn region. In June this year, it also improved service coverage in the capital Yerevan and six provinces, installing new 3G-enabled BTS in the areas of: Panik, in the northern province of Shirak; Drakhtik in Gegharkunik province; Hovtashat in Ararat province; Shvanidzor in Syunik province; Arinj and Aghavnadzor in Kotayk region; and Proshian, Katnaghbyur, Karbi and Arteni in Aragatsotn region. Moreover, the cellco increased GSM coverage via new BTS in Yerevan, Gavar, Martuni and Jermuk, as well as in Hovtashat (Ararat region), and Shvanidzor (Syunik). In May this year, ArmenTel expanded its third-generation network by installing new base stations in the regions of Armavir and Kotayk.