ArmenTel (Beeline) Boosts GSM/3G Coverage in Yerevan

Fixed and mobile operator ArmenTel, which trades under the Beeline banner of its Russian parent Vimpelcom, has completed works designed to improve its GSM and W-CDMA networks in the Armenian capital Yerevan. In a press release the operator said it has deployed new base transceiver stations (BTS) for both 2G and 3G services in the central parts of the city, covering Komitas and the Nork-Marash administrative district. The upgrade work is intended to meet growing demand for mobile internet data as the cellular division continues to increase its subscriber base.


Altel Expands GSM Network

Kazakhstan operator Altel, a subsidiary of the national operator Kazakhtelecom, announced that it has expanded the coverage of its GSM network. The network is now available for subscribers of the City network in the cities of Pavlodar, Kyzyl-Orda and Taraz.

Uztelecom to Launch GSM Network in 2015

Uzbekistan national operator Uztelecom plans to start its own GSM network in the first half of 2015, announced by Alisher Faizulayev, the chairman of the State Committee for ICT. A tender for equipment suppliers is planned to start at the end of September, with delivery expected by year-end. Some 3,900 base stations are planned to be deployed. Uzmobile, the mobile unit of the national operator, currently provides mobile services under the CDMA-450 standard.

Uzbektelecom Delays GSM Launch

State-owned telco Uzbektelecom has delayed the launch of its planned GSM network until H1 2015, Alisher Fayzullaev, announced by the deputy chairperson of the State Committee for ICT (CCITT). Uzbektelecom had planned to introduce GSM services at the end of 2014 but has been forced to postpone the launch after an equipment tender announced in July this year fell through, when none of the submitted proposals complied with the terms of the tender. The operator has adjusted the terms and plans to relaunch the tender before the end of the month. Uzbektelecom has set its sights on rolling out a national GSM network by the end of 2018, to operate in parallel with its existing CDMA-450 platform. By that date, the network will consist of 3,900 base stations, with capacity for eight million numbers.

Telstra to Close GSM Network by End of 2016

Telstra has confirmed that it plans to close down its GSM mobile network. It said that the older network would close by the end of 2016.

The company’s managing director of networks, Mike Wright, said that:

“Since it launched its 3G service in 2006, the company has seen a steady migration away from the older 2G technology”.

Today 2G traffic accounts for less than 1 per cent of Telstra’s total network traffic, and they haven’t sold a 2G phone for several years.

He confirmed that existing GSM customers will be contacted shortly to advise them how to migrate to the 3G or LTE networks. He noted that a percentage of the GSM customer base could already own a 3G phone, but as they are using an older SIM card, they show up as GSM customers.

Beeline has Installed New Base Stations in Fergana and Kokand

The Largest communication operator Beeline (Unitel LLC and Buzton JV) OF Uzbekistan has expanded capacity and coverage of GSM and 3G network in the Fergana Valley.

Beeline has commissioned new base stations in Fergana and Kokand, which helped to improve quality of the signal and mobile Internet.

Director of Eastern Regional Branch of Unitel Sanjarbek Iminov said:

“Valley for Beeline is a strategic cluster with a large number of subscribers and advanced network: for example, the introduction of innovative technology of the third generation started there immediately after the capital. In the second half of 2014, it is planned to launch new equipment, so we are going to meet the high expectations and the confidence of our customers”.

 Installation of additional capacity increased signal quality through the streets Fargona and Abdullah Kodiriy in the regional center, and through the streets Yangi Chorsu, Farobiy and Movarounnakhr in Kokand. New equipment is also provided a high quality signal in Chimion, Honkiz and Kuduklik towns.

Beeline Expands Its Network in Namangan

Beeline has expanded capacity and coverage zone of its GSM and 3G network in Namangan region.

Sanjarbek Iminov, director of Eastern regional branch of Unitel, said that the company works on providing quality services to its subscribers in Ferghana Valley. The expansion of network is directed at satisfying demands of subscribers in mobile communication and meet their trust, he said.

The operator said that it improved both quality of service and network capacity thanks to new equipment. In the result, the signal quality improved in Nurobod district and Ahsi street.

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