Gear maker Ericsson has successfully deployed an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network for Armenian cellco U!com (formerly Orange Armenia) in the capital Yerevan. The Swedish vendor says its advanced multi-standard Air Integrated Radio (AIR) system will meet the country’s rapidly-growing demand for data traffic and ensure the 4G+ network delivers peak throughput of up to 250Mbps.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in March this year the cellco’s parent, Armenian broadband provider UCOM, announced the signing of the 4G LTE supply contract with Ericsson. Under the deal, UCOM plans to invest USD20 million this year alone, purchasing radio equipment for the new system. Ultimately, the altnet’s 4G network will cover more than 95% of the Armenian population, with initial base stations being deployed in Yerevan and the regions. UCOM is looking to spend around AMD131.7 billion (USD270 million) 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.