ArmenTel (Beeline) to expand wireless broadband coverage to 376 rural locations

28 Jan 2015

Armenian fixed and mobile operator ArmenTel, which trades as Beeline, intends to roll out wireless broadband internet access to 376 rural communities across the country this year, Arka News reports an official at the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) as saying. PSRC boss with oversight for telecoms, Gevorg Gevorgyan, confirmed that under the terms of its licence ArmenTel is required to upgrade or replace telecoms infrastructure in remote and rural areas with modern fixed-wireless technologies capable of delivering broadband internet services. The telco has until September to comply with the terms of its concession, with another PSRC official – Samvel Arabajyan – noting that the use of CDMA-based wireless technology will be the most cost-effective means of covering populations in remote mountain regions and will afford bandwidth speeds of 512kbps.

ArmenTel CEO Andrei Pyatakhin confirmed the plans, saying: ‘Currently, subscribers in more than 300 villages use a fixed-wireless connection, provided through CDMA technology, because the fixed lines, some of which had been destroyed, were actually removed when we began installing CDMA.’ According to Pyatakhin, some 60,000 subscribers access telecoms services via CDMA out of a company total of more than 800,000 fixed line connections and 150,000 fixed broadband users (late-2014).

Armenia, Team Telecom Armenia (formerly Beeline)