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France Telecom (Orange) aims to launch its new Armenian operation in autumn 2009, its CEO Didier Lombard is quoted as saying in an interview with the Armenia President, Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Mr Lombard announced only scant details of the French firm’s rollout plan, but did say that he expected the new services would be ‘in demand’.
The French heavyweight was unveiled as the winner of Armenia’s third mobile operator licence in October 2008, after submitting the highest bid in the ongoing tender process. The French telco was one of three groups shortlisted in August that year to participate in an international tender for the third mobile concession. Orange tendered roughly EUR51.5 million (USD72 million) for the concession, roughly five times the state’s EUR10 million minimum asking price. The other bidders, Tele2 of Sweden and the UK-Irish group Blackrock Communications, bid EUR45.6 million and EUR31.7 million, respectively.
Value added services (VAS) provider Playfon has launched commercial services in Armenia, offering a suite of products ranging from mobile gaming by the world’s top publishers to the greatest music hits from the major Russian and international record labels. The company’s extensive portfolio of games, videos and music downloads is available for all subscribers of local GSM operators ArmenTel (Beeline) and K Telecom (VivaCell-MTS).
Russia’s largest cellco MTS added 1.36 million net new users to its domestic networks in December, taking its total customer base in Russia to 64.63 million. The firm also has consolidated operations in Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Armenia, with 91.33 million consolidated subscribers across the entire group at end-December, up from 89.68 million a month before. In addition, the unconsolidated subsidiary MTS Belarus has 4.32 million users, up from 4.23 million at 30 November.
MTS, Russia’s largest mobile phone service provider, has selected China’s Huawei Technologies to supply gear for its third-generation (3G) network in Armenia, the Russian company said on Friday. MTS said in a statement Huawei, China’s largest telecoms equipment maker, will supply base stations and controllers but gave no size of the contract. The carrier, part of services conglomerate Sistema, plans to launch the network this spring.