Karabakh Telecom (KT), the legacy and monopoly operator serving the Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabah, has announced the launch of its 3G network in Artsakh on 22 June 2013. In a press release, the firm said the announcement was marked by the unveiling of the company’s new corporate logo and branding. Customers in the area of Artsakh will be able to enjoy faster mobile broadband access as a result of the deployment, with the carrier offering a range of pre- and post-paid packages.
KT was founded in 2002 under the guidance of its chairman Pierre Fattouch. It launched commercial services on 1 February and has offered internet services in the capital city Stepanakert since October that year, and in all the regions since 2003. The operator offers a range of fixed, internet and wireless services with a PSTN network covering 95% of major regional centres and almost 100% of Stepanakert and its environs. Its GSM coverage currently stands at over 95% of the population, with a plan to increase that to 100% in the short- to medium-term. The operator claims to provide services to more than 100,000 customers (fixed and mobile) representing more than 70% market penetration.