Armenia’s VivaCell-MTS launched 4G LTE services in the towns of Armavir and Vagharshapat in Armavir region at the end of 2014, taking overall coverage to 45.7% of the Armenian population. VivaCell-MTS, which is still the only mobile operator in Armenia providing 4G services on a commercial basis, said it deployed six 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) in Armavir and seven BTS in Vagharshapat to ensure 100% coverage in both areas. The cellco already offers a maximum 150Mbps/50Mbps (downlink/uplink) LTE service in the following cities: Yerevan (‘100% coverage’), Gyumri (100%), Vanadzor (100%), Dilijan (90%) and Tsaghkadzor (100%). Having rolled out 37 4G base stations in December alone, the cellco boosted its total LTE footprint to 250 sites.
TeleGeography notes that on 23 December VivaCell-MTS launched a new 4G promotion, offering LTE-capable modems to its customers with prices starting at AMD5,500 (USD13.25) per month – the same price it charges for 3G modems. In a press release, the mobile operator also said that subscribers currently on a twelve-month contract for its ‘MTS Connect Student’, ‘MTS Connect Unlimited’ and ‘MTS Connect Unlimited+’ plans will get a 150Mbps MUSB modem ‘MTS Connect LTE’ E3372s-153 (4G) for free.