UCOM, Ericsson Nikola Tesla sign second LTE expansion deal

3 Jun 2016

Armenian alternative broadband operator UCOM, which earlier this year completed the merger and reorganisation of Orange Armenia, and Ericsson Nikola Tesla have signed a contract worth USD12.29 million for the further expansion of the operator’s in-deployment LTE radio access network. The pair note too that the deal includes a capacity increase of the service provider’s core network, improved functionality and the modernisation of the legacy 3G system.

TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate notes that in March this year UCOM chief executive officer Hayk Yesayan announced that his company had signed a contract with Ericsson of Sweden worth around USD6 million for the supply of the first instalment of its new LTE network – part of a USD20 million spend this year alone, to purchase radio equipment for the new system. Ultimately, the cellco’s 4G network will cover more than 95% of the Armenian population, with initial base stations being deployed in Yerevan and the regions. It has set aside around AMD131.7 billion (USD270 million) for CAPEX in the three-year period 2016-2018, of which AMD38.3 billion will be spent in 2016, AMD44.1 billion in the second year of the programme and AMD49.3 billion in the third. UCOM hopes that around 340 new jobs will be created under the scheme.

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