Armenian mobile services market edged closer to full saturation in 2009, with nearly every working adult in the country of 3.2 million people having one or more mobile phones, and the number of mobile subscribers passing the 2,5 million mark. While the mobile operators say that there is still a lot of room to grow and compete, the question is – how exactly that competition will take place, and will the customers and the telecom sector benefit from the fight for market or otherwise, PanArmenian.net writes.
The number of Vivacell-MTS subscribers grew 46 percent in 2008 compared to the previous year, and Beeline registered growth of 23 percent. The numbers tumbled in 2009, with Vivacell-MTS growing as little as 2.4 percent, and Beeline apparently losing some customers, even if it is hard to tell for sure as the company has moved to a new system of counting subscribers. Hence, according to the latest data available by the end of 2009, Vivacell-MTS was the unchallenged market leader with 2 million 70 thousand subscribers, while Beeline followed by 502 thousand subscribers (latest Beeline data available for the 3rd quarter of 2009). Continue reading
Beeline and VivaCell-MTS telecommunications companies together claim to have over 2,6 million mobile subscribers. Adding to that the army of over 650 thousand fixed-line phone subscribers in Armenia, we will have an impressive figure, roughly equal to that of official population data for Armenia: 3 million 239 thousand.
The numbers for mobile phone subscribers by the abovementioned telecom companies, should be taken with some caution of course. Vivacell-MTS, for one thing, was too eager to claim it has 80% mobile user market share launching a massive marketing campaign about having 2 million mobile subscribers.
Some time ago @kpearce – one of my mostly-online-friends, asked to fill in a questionnaire about telephone in Soviet times and these days. Looking back at those answers made me realize just how far forward we have moved today. So I decided to publish some of those questions and answers, that you might find interesting, amusing or nostalgic.
It seems the days, when I would remember Armentel (now rebranded as Beeline), only with curses and complaints are over. As a very mobile person (many think – too much), I carry two mobile phones with me at all times – this is a reminder of not-so-distant past, when Armentel mobile connection was so bad, that I had to buy a ‘backup’ Viva mobile phone, to make sure I have a working mobile at all times, but also had to keep the Armentel one, because that was the contact number printed on my business-cards, published booklettes and various other promotional materials I had at that point. Continue reading
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