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MTS launches Armenia 3G network

MTS on Monday launched Armenia's first 3G network.

The network will initially provide HSPA coverage in the country's three largest cities Guymri, Vanadzor and the capital Yerevan, although MTS plans to extend the network to additional cities throughout 2009.

"We are keen on playing our part in developing the telecommunications infrastructure in [Armenia] and offering consumers new products and services," said a statement from Oleg Raspopov, VP of foreign subsidiaries at MTS.

MTS said Armenia has low fixed-line penetration and lacks extensive infrastructure, so it's hoping its 3G network will tap into some pent-up demand for Internet services.

"We view our 3G network as an ideal vehicle to meet growing mobile broadband demand in Armenia and help stimulate further uptake in data and content services.
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