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Nokia to modernize Ucom's mobile network in Armenia for future transition to 5G

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Nokia to modernize Ucom's mobile network in Armenia for future transition to 5G

  • Nokia extends partnership with Ucom to modernize its mobile network and introduce 5G-ready services
  • Nokia will also upgrade Ucom’s core and IP infrastructure for a high-capacity, ultra high-speed and more reliable network
  • As a result, Nokia will increase its share in Ucom’s network to around 70 percent.


9 February 2024 
Espoo, Finland – Nokia has been selected by Ucom to upgrade its nationwide radio access network (RAN), improving performance and preparing for the future deployment of 5G services in Armenia. In addition, Nokia will upgrade Ucom's core and IP network infrastructure, enhancing the mobile user experience with faster data speeds and increased capacity. These initiatives will transform Ucom's networks, benefiting both consumer and enterprise customers.

As part of the deal, Nokia will supply equipment from its comprehensive 5G AirScale portfolio powered by its energy-efficient ReefShark System-on-Chip technology. Ucom will also utilize Nokia’s intelligent MantaRay Networks Management system to enable a consolidated network view for improved network monitoring and management, with built-in AI functionalities.

Nokia will also provide solutions from its Cloud Packet Core portfolio, Cloud Operations Manager, Shared Data Layer and Subscriber Data Management, Policy Controller and Mediation for the mobile core network, and incorporate technologies such as Telephony Application Server, CFX-5000 and Session Border Controller for the voice core network. Nokia IP routers for access, aggregation, backhaul and core complete the solution.

Gurgen Khachatryan, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Ucom, said: "We are excited about the possibilities that this collaboration brings and are confident that it will usher in a new era of connectivity in Armenia. We are confident that the strategic partnership with Nokia will have a positive impact on enterprise development and the utilization of 5G-ready solutions, directly influencing the economy of the Republic of Armenia".

Ralph Yirikian, Director General at Ucom, said: "With Nokia's expertise and innovative solutions, we aim to enhance our network capabilities and deliver an exceptional user experience to our customers. This upgrade will enable exciting new applications that rely on the speed and low latency of 5G technology, ensuring that Ucom remains at the forefront of technological advancements in the telecommunications industry".

Mark Atkinson, Head of RAN at Nokia, said: “Nokia is excited to strengthen its partnership with Ucom in this new deal. With the introduction of our latest technologies, we will help Ucom deliver an exceptional customer experience that is robust, highly responsive, and efficient. This will empower businesses and individuals with advanced connectivity solutions while positioning Ucom to seamlessly transition to 5G in the future. We look forward to working with them on this project and seeing the positive outcomes it will bring”.

Webpage: Nokia 5G
Webpage: AirScale Radio Access
Webpage: MantaRay Network Management
Webpage: 5G Core
Webpage: Cloud Packet Core
Webpage: Voice Core
Webpage: Cloud Operations Manager
Webpage: Shared Data Layer
Webpage: Subscriber Data Management
Webpage: 7750 service router
Webpage: 7250 Interconnect Router
Webpage: 7210 Service Access System

About Nokia
At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together.

As a B2B technology innovation leader, we are pioneering networks that sense, think and act by leveraging our work across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. In addition, we create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

Service providers, enterprises and partners worldwide trust Nokia to deliver secure, reliable and sustainable networks today – and work with us to create the digital services and applications of the future.

About Ucom
Ucom is the fastest growing telecom operator in Armenia. The company holds absolute leadership in the local IPTV and fixed internet market, as well as a key position in the Armenian mobile internet market. 

Founded in 2009, Ucom Telecommunications is a top employer, top taxpayer, and one of the most socially responsible and environmentally friendly companies in Armenia. With over 1500 employees, Ucom has a significant impact on society and the environment.

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