Comstar And Airspan Launch WiMAX Network In Armenia

By Shamila Janakiraman

Oct 29 2008

Comstar’s WiMAX (News – Alert) communications network powered by
Airspan Networks equipment was launched in Terevan, the capital city
of Armenia in an official ceremony. Airspan specializes in WiMAX-based
broadband wireless access networks. Comstar’s CEO presented Airspan’s
MiMAX Q-Series USB devices to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and
President of Armenia, Serge Sarkisyan.

Comstar has deployed Airspan’s WiMAX equipment for creating a combined
fixed and mobile network. The network includes 24 base stations
encompassing Yerevan and 18 more cities. This network will provide
Armenian residents and businesses with high-speed Internet, VoIP,
video conferencing and mobile services.

The Presidents of both the countries took part in a real-time two-way
video conferencing with a medical diagnostics center and they were
given insight into a pilot deployment for mobile WiMAX in the city
of Armavir. Airspan’s EasyST indoor subscriber stations support the
video link and mobile deployment which are enabled by Mobile WiMAX.

Sergey Pridantsev, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Comstar UTS, explained: "This national WiMAX network is a unique
project for Armenia, and one of the first projects of its kind
worldwide. Airspan was able to supply us with a superior solution to
meet our requirements, enabling us to deliver modern communications
services that help improve quality of life as well as bring telephony
services and broadband internet access to some homes for the first
time ever."

Anders Rendahl, Airspan’s Senior vice president and general manager
EMEA expressed his satisfaction on partnering with Comstar in this
remarkable project. The attendance of the Presidents of Russia
and Armenia to this ceremony highlighted the importance of the
life-changing effects a network such as this can have on a country
like Armenia.

"We look forward to further expansion of the Comstar network in 2009
and to continuing to help revolutionize fixed and mobile communications
in this important and growing economy," added Rendahl.

Comstar-United TeleSystems JSC provides fixed-line telecommunications
services in Moscow. Comstar offers voice, data, television and more
value-added services to both residential and corporate subscribers
and operators. Comstar utilizes its extensive backbone network and
last mile access to provide telecommunications services to 97 percent
of the residences in Moscow.

Comstar offers communications services in five Russian regions,
Armenia and Ukraine. Comstar serves more than 3.6 million residential
subscribers and 783 thousand residential broadband internet subscribers
in Moscow. It also has over 49 thousand residential regional and
international broadband internet subscribers.

Airspan is a WiMAX pure player selected by several mobile WiMAX
deployments around the world. The company has more than 100 commercial
WiMAX deployments world wide besides a network of resellers and agents
besides offices in Asia, EMEA and America.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS