Armenian alternative telecom services provider Ucom has announced that its fixed network infrastructure has been expanded to a further five regional cities in the country, namely: Qajaran, Dilijan, Ararat, Vedi and Jermuk. Until now, the altnet’s fixed network has been limited to the capital Yerevan, but Ucom says its expansion means that many more residential users will now be able to take advantage of its triple-play services – multi-content IPTV channels, broadband internet and new generation digital telephony – in the aforementioned cities, via a single, unified bill.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Ucom, which completed the merger and reorganisation of its Orange Armenia unit in January 2016, revealed plans to invest AMD16.6 billion (USD36.1 million) to complete the modernisation of its networks in 2017. In a press release at the time, the altnet confirmed that a total of AMD28 billion was spent in 2016 on ‘reequipping’ the company and another significant sum is earmarked for the current financial year to complete the process. Meanwhile, in October 2016 Ucom selected Software Defined Access (SDA) developer Calix to provide it with its suite of AXOS, Compass cloud, and E-series systems, under measures to converge Ucom’s nationwide fibre access networks into one combined 10Gbps business, mobile backhaul, and residential services network. Under the plan, Calix aims to provide Ucom with an integrated fibre-optic network, with initial trials of Calix AXOS next generation passive optical network 2 (NG-PON2) systems having started in H1 2017.