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MTS Awarded LTE Spectrum in Armenia

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Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) says that it has been awarded radio spectrum for LTE services in Armenia. VivaCell MTS, a majority owned subsidiary of MTS, is the first mobile operator to have been allocated frequencies for the deployment of a LTE network from Public Services Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Armenia.

In accordance with the regulator's decision VivaCell-MTS has an obligation to launch the LTE network into commercial operation before March 2011. The mobile operator is expected to launch a special LTE test zone in central Yerevan before December 2010 in preparation for a full-scale commercial launch that is scheduled for February-March 2011.

At the initial stage of the commercial launch, LTE network services will be made available to VivaCell-MTS subscribers only in Yerevan, but VivaCell-MTS plans to cover other major cities and regions of Armenia in the future.

"VivaCell-MTS' LTE rollout positions Armenia as one of the global leaders in 4G deployment. We are planning to deploy 4G across the country as was the case with the 3.5G network, which already covers 94% of the territory. Rollout of the new innovative technologies and services is one of our key priorities," highlighted VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian.

Armenia will become the second country where MTS is building a LTE network. In July 2010, MTS became the first mobile operator to launch a LTE network into commercial operation in Uzbekistan. The network was deployed in the range of 2500-2700 MHz. MTS is also in the process of testing the LTE technology in Ukraine.

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