Armenian altnet UCOM LLC has signed up more than 75,000 subscribers to its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, making it the leading player in the residential fibre market (by revenue), where it claims to deliver ‘one of the most advanced broadband services’ in the South Caucasus region. The operator, which is expanding its nationwide gigabit passive optical network (GPON)-based network, leverages solutions from Calix, including the vendor’s Calix E7-2 and E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platforms (ESAPs), which are both designed to future-proof services to keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for broadband.
Established in 2009, UCOM originally built its network using the Ericsson BLM 1500 and T-Series ONTs. However, after Calix purchased Ericsson’s fibre access assets, and subsequent platform integration work, the Armenian telco switched to Calix and today claims to operate the largest fibre-optic network in Armenia, passing over 50% of homes and targeting growth of 33% this year. UCOM director Aleksandr Yesayan commented: ‘Our focus on creating a unique and powerful broadband experience over wireline and wireless for Armenians, providing the best quality service at an affordable price has allowed us, in a few short years, to become the nation’s largest FTTH broadband services provider. Calix has played a key role in our success to date, and we will continue to leverage this fibre network as we launch new Wi-Fi and LTE services – making us the first quad-play operator in Armenia.’