by Michael Lacquiere

Global Insight
January 8, 2008

Armenia's leading mobile operator K-Telecom, which operates under the
"VivaCell" brand, has been awarded a number of new frequencies by the
country's Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC), reports Arka.

K-Telecom has been awarded the right to use the 1735.8-1738.4 MHz
and 1830.8-1833.4 MHz frequencies for 10 years.

Significance:Gevorg Gevorgian, head of the PSRC's telecoms department,
has emphasised that the new frequencies will help K-Telecom to improve
its 10 base stations in the capital city, Yerevan. This in turn should
help to improve service quality, which is a positive development for
subscribers. K-Telecom is owned by Russia's largest mobile operator,
Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), and leads the Armenian mobile market over
its only competitor, Armentel, owned by Russia's VimpelCom. A third
operator is to enter the market later this year