ArmenTel continues FTTB rollout across Yerevan

18 Aug 2015

ArmenTel (trading as Beeline) has extended its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network in the capital, Yerevan, rolling out fast internet access in an additional five districts: Ajapnyak, Malatia-Sebastia, Kanaker-Zeytun, Arabkir and Shengavit. The move comes on top of a service extension in June this year in which the PTO deployed broadband fibre technology in the areas of Avan, Nor-Nork, Kanaker-Zeytun and South-West administrative districts of Yerevan. ArmenTel CEO Andrey Pyatakhin is on record as saying that, ultimately, the firm intends to deploy FTTB to all communities in all districts in the capital.

ArmenTel, which is part of the Russian telecoms group Vimpelcom, is offering residential users high speed FTTB internet in four flavours – 10Mbps, 35Mbps, 50Mbps and 70Mbps – with prices ranging from AMD5,400 to AMD13,000 (USD11.3 to USD27.2) per month. Further, the PTO is also offering Beeline subscribers access to its IPTV service, Pyatakhin said.

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 initially offering subscribers an unlimited symmetrical service (under its ‘Ultra’ plans) from AMD6,000 per month for an entry-level 2.5Mbps connection. In February 2015 it announced the launch of FTTB services in the capital, Yerevan.

Armenia, Team Telecom Armenia (formerly Beeline)