Armenian PTO ArmenTel, which trades under the Beeline banner of its Russian owner Vimpelcom, has announced the launch of fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) fast internet access in a number of new districts in the capital, Yerevan. The fixed line and broadband provider has now deployed the broadband fibre technology in the areas of Avan, Nor-Nork, Kanaker-Zeytun and South-West administrative districts of Yerevan. However, its CEO Andrey Pyatakhin says that the firm’s intention is to deploy FTTB to all communities in all districts in Yerevan.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reports that, with an eye on next generation technologies, in February 2012 ArmenTel announced the commercial launch of FTTB broadband services, rolling out the new technology in the Ani district of Gyumri under the banner ‘Hi-Line Optic’, and offering subscribers an unlimited symmetrical service (under its ‘Ultra’ plans) from AMD6,000 (USD12.6) per month for the entry-level 2.5Mbps connection. Other plans are available for faster symmetrical connections, namely: 3.5Mbps, 5Mbps, 6Mbps and 12Mbps. Further, in February 2015 it announced the launch of FTTB services in the capital Yerevan, and in January this year, the telco confirmed its intention to roll out wireless broadband internet access to 376 rural communities across the country in 2015 to improve internet access. At the time, ArmenTel CEO Andrei Pyatakhin said: ‘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).