ArmInfo. The Public Services Regulatory Commission of Armenia (PSRC) has completed the results of the tenders for granting permission to use 700 MHz and 800 MHz radio frequencies to launch a 5G network. According to the PSRC press service, according to the results of the tender, Team Telecom Armenia OJSC was declared the winner in the 2x20 MHz segment of the 700 MHz radio frequency, and MTS Armenia CJSC was declared the winner of the 2x10 MHz segment of the 800 MHz radio frequency.
As a result, within 2 years, a 5G network will be launched in the major cities of Armenia (Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor), with the introduction of IoT (Internet of Things) technology.
By providing these radio frequencies on a tender basis, one-time revenues to the state budget in the amount of 2.250 billion drams (as part of the provision), and further additional revenues to the state budget in the amount of 1.176 billion drams (as part of the use) were ensured. In terms of mandatory payments for the use of radio frequencies, the annual budget revenues will increase from 8 billion drams to 9.5 billion drams. In March 2023, CEO of Team Telecom Armenia Hayk Yesayan reported that the company gets the opportunity to deploy the fifth generation 5G network. According to him, Team Telecom Armenia is the first among Armenian telecom operators that has applied for the 700 MHz band, which the company uses for 5G network availability. Answering a question from an ArmInfo correspondent, the head of Team Telecom Armenia noted that the consumer today does not need 5G, since this network does not differ much from the existing one in its modulation, and this is more of a marketing ploy. <But if this frequency is not taken today, then we will fall behind later. Why don't we be the first?>, Hayk Yesayan noted.