Mobile network ecosystem
In Armenia, there is a high increase in the level of mobile services. Practically the whole population of the country are using mobile services. The republic made advances in mobile communications after 2006, when the monopoly of the Greek company ArmenTel ended and other mobile operators began to penetrate the market. Mobile phones are used without restriction by all segments of population in the regions and the capital. The mobile network is the main means of communication in the country.
After 2006, new players began to emerge on the Internet services market. The competition between mobile operators and Internet service providers has led to a significant reduction in the cost of services in this area and, as a result, the number of network users increased. As of January 2017, 97 percent of the Armenian Internet market was controlled by four companies: Ucom (39.36 percent), ArmenTel Beeline (36.36 percent), Vivacell-MTS (13.81 percent) and Rostelecom (7.44 percent). According to InternetWorldStats, as of March 2017, the total number of Internet users in Armenia was 2.12 million, which is more than 70 percent of the population. Among the former Soviet republics, Armenia leads in terms of Internet coverage, along with Russia. According to the Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia, the number of mobile users in the country in 2017 was 3.4 million; for comparison, the number of households using landline telephones was 452,000.