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Comstar to Build First WiMAX Network in Armenia

January 31, 2008

COMSTAR UTS, the largest combined telecommunications operator in Russia and the CIS, has announced it has started building a wireless broadband network based on the 802.16e standard WiMAX technology in the Republic of Armenia. The company expects the project to be completed in the second part of 2008.

During the first stage of the WiMAX project, 24 base stations are expected to be built. Rented fiber optic lines, radio bridges, and radio relay channels will be used in the implementation of data transmission. Connecting the network in Armenia to the main Internet channels, Comstar will install two data transmission nodes based on Cisco technology.
“WiMAX is one of the most advanced and promising technologies which allows providing clients with a very broad range of telecommunications services,” said Sergey Pridantsev, president and CEO of Comstar UTS. “We intend to launch the network this year and, therefore, become the first and the largest wireless broadband Internet operator in Armenia.”
The creation of the wireless broadband network will be implemented on the basis of Cornet, an Internet services provider in the Republic of Armenia and a part of Comstar Group. Throughout the territory of Armenia, Cornet has a license to use 3.6-3.8 GHz frequency range.
In order to expand the coverage, later stages of the project development will require an increase in the number of base stations and construction of new proprietary communication lines to the backbone. With its WiMAX network, the company plans to provide multimedia content delivery, high speed Internet access, data transmission, and the ability to create VPNs for residential and corporate subscribers.
Airspan Networks was chosen by Comstar as a provider of equipment for the base stations.
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for ContactCenterSolutions. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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