Marking its tenth anniversary, Armenian mobile operator VivaCell-MTS says that it has invested more than AMD183 billion (USD386.8 million) in its networks and services in the country, helping it to secure a market share ‘exceeding 60%’, Arka News quotes the firm’s CEO Ralph Yirikian as saying. The Armenian chief executive says that it has been able to shore up its position by deploying what he claims is the widest network coverage in the country, which now includes 1,150 3G base stations and 250 sites equipped with 4G. Further, Yirikian said that in the ten years since it launched in 2005, VivaCell-MTS’s income from mobile telecommunication and other services totalled over AMD675.4 billion.
The company’s Armenian subscriber base now stands at over two million, of whom 1.12 million are subscribed to mobile data services. Today, VivaCell-MTS’s 3G mobile network is available to 98.8% of the population, while its 2G signal covers 99.8%. The cellco’s 3.5G DC-HSPA+ network (i.e. peak 42.2Mbps speed) is available in 615 settlements of Armenia the executive added, noting too that VivaCell-MTS has 494 roaming partners in 196 countries. Moreover, in 2009 VivaCell-MTS launched its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, claiming to offer users peak theoretical throughput of 150Mbps. Currently, the 4G network is available to about 45.7% of the population in seven Armenian cities, Yirikian said. In the past ten years, the CEO says that some 23.5 trillion phone calls have been made by its customers, as well as 2.7 billion SMS messages sent.