Apr 22
April 22

SPB TV and Beeline launch IPTV services in Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia, April 17, 2014 – ArmenTel (Beeline trademark) in partnership with SPB TV company announced the launch of an interactive TV service – IPTV. The service will be available to all the subscribers of broadband cable WL Internet in all the cities and rural areas of the Republic of Armenia.

At startup time, a standard TV package, which includes more than 50 local and foreign TV channels, will be available to subscribers. The video signal formats are HD, SD. A monthly subscriber fee for a standard package of channels is 3,000 drams (US$7.50). A TV set top box is provided to subscribers in free use.

“The ArmenTel company traditionally pays much attention to the all-round development of the infrastructure of the telecommunications market. We regard investments in regional cities and villages to be part of our corporate policy. It’s our socially responsible approach and I’m glad to inform the majority of the Armenian population about the opportunity to connect to IPTV from Beeline,” - said ArmenTel’s general director Andrey Pyatakhin.
 
“The Armenian TV market is one of the most advanced in the CIS. According to our research,  in monetary terms the leader in this market is IPTV – a 91 percent share, according to 2013 estimates. Our technologies and international experience allow us to hope that we will be able to meet the demands of the population in high quality video,” said SPB TV’s general director Kirill Filippov.

Eltex NV media centers, which meet the highest functional and quality requirements, were chosen as a platform for the realization of the project,. A specific feature of Eltex media centers is a combination of sufficiently strong instrumental “filling” and many individual adaptations of system software, added by Eltex specialists on account of Beeline and SPB TV clients in Armenia.

A TV set-top box can be connected to a line adapter of a subscriber with a cable or with Wi-Fi adapter. The signal comes to any TV set or to other devices that have analog or HDMI input. In the near future, an expansion of service tariff plans and an increased number of channels is planned. If necessary, a client is provided with an IPTV equipment installation service.

The IPTV service can be used by 80 percent of subscribers of Beeline’s fixed-line telecommunications in Armenia, in all the cities and remote agricultural areas. According to preliminary estimates in the next 6 months, 5-8 percent of fixed-line telecommunications subscribers of Beeline in Armenia will have this service.

Additional information about the IPTV service, coverage area, tariffs and list of channels are available in Beeline outlets, at free number 100 and on the official site www.beeline.am

About SPB TV

SPB TV is one of the world's leading providers of end-to-end OTT TV, IP TV and mobile TV solutions for video content delivery to multi-screen devices. SPB TV's solutions for mobile TV are implemented by major mobile operators, including MTS, Beeline and Megafon, as well as in Amediateka and Nash Football GO! projects and have received recognition from mobile device producers the world over. The company has its own content delivery network and offers turn-key ready technological solutions.

The high quality of the company's technological solutions has been honored by numerous prestigious international awards, including the Bolshaya Tsifra 2014, CSI Awards, the TV Technology Europe STAR Awards, the Russian Mobile VAS Awards, the Mobile Entertainment Awards, the Google Developer Challenge and others. The company's user application, SPB TV, is available on all mobile operating systems, and its viewing audience has reached 30 million worldwide

About ArmenTel

ArmenTel (Beeline trademark) is a part of the Vimpelcom group of companies. Vimpelcom is one of the world’s biggest integrated communications providers, which includes communications companies that provide voice communication services and data delivery on the basis of wide range of wireless and fixed-line communication technologies as well as broadband WL access to the Internet in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Italy and Canada. Vimpelcom provides its services all around the world on a territory with a total population of nearly 753 million people. The companies of Vimpelcom Ltd. provide services under the brands of Beeline, Kievstar, djuice, Wind, Infostrada, Mobilink, Leo, Banglalink, Telecel and Djezzy. As of December 31, 2013, the total number of company’s subscribers was 220 million. Vimpelcom’s shares are quoted as VIP on NASDAQ.

For more details please visit www.vimpelcom.com.

About Eltex

Eltex is one of the leading Russian manufacturers of telecommunications equipment.

Since 1992 Eltex has grown from a startup to a dynamic and forward-thinking company with more than 400 people in staff and own design houses and production lines in Novosibirsk (Russia) and Kazakhstan.

Among our clients are the largest national telecommunications operators - Rostelekom JSC and Kazakhtelecom JSC, and other Telco providers in Russia, CIS, Baltic states and Eastern Europe.

Eltex Media - one of the most successful Eltex departments - has its specialization in STBs and Mediacenters. 750 000 STB units have been sold since 2011.

For more details please visit www.eltex-media.ru

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