France Telecom-Orange’s Armenian mobile unit Orange Armenia has announced the commercial launch of 3.5G mobile broadband services in the cities of Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor. The cellco’s new service promises to deliver maximum theoretical download speeds of 42Mbps (DC-HSPA+) and is being supported by the launch of the ‘Internet Now 4’ modem, it said, which has a maximum 21.1Mbps theoretical speed.
Orange Armenia began testing the 3G+ network in November 2011, noting that during a public demonstration that month in the flagship store at Northern Avenue, it achieved a maximum speed of 39Mbps and an average speed of between 32Mbps-37Mbps. Commenting on the commercial rollout the operator’s CEO Bruno Duthoit, said: ‘The technical testing period lasted exactly two months. Such testing was really needed for us to be convinced that our customers, in general, will have [a] satisfactory customer experience. … Now Armenia is one of the few countries [across the] Orange footprint to implement this technology. This is a new quality criterion in Armenia and it embodies our ambition to always offer the latest and most reliable technology to our customers.’
At launch Orange Armenia is offering the Internet Now 4 modem at a reduced price (either AMD39,000 [USD101.1] or AMD19,000) for users signing up to one of its twelve-month ‘Internet Now’ AMD11,000 or AMD20,000 per month subscription plans.