VivaCell Sponsors Videoconferencing Facility at AUS

YEREVAN–VivaCell-MTS, a subsidiary of Mobile TeleSystems and the American University of Armenia this week announced the official opening of the videoconferencing hall of the American University of Armenia. VivaCell-MTS has provided 60.6 million drams of support for the videoconferencing facility, which will be named for VivaCell-MTS.

The videoconferencing room comprises a set of interactive telecommunication technologies which allow students and professors in different locations to interact via two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously. Thanks to this innovative technology, students and faculty of AUA can benefit from guest lecturers who was %u218brought’ into a class from another university though video conference.

The official launch of the room was marked by the first videoconferencing lecture in the new Paramaz Avedisian Buidling by Dr. Michael Thompson from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, for students of the College of Health Sciences.

Through videoconferencing students can visit another part of the world to speak with others which brings opportunities to students and faculty from diverse communities and backgrounds to come together. Scientists can collaborate with colleagues at other universities on a regular basis without loss of time due to travel.

“Bringing Armenia to the world and the world to Armenia is our aim. We are responsible for developing highly skilled and flexible human capital in Armenia. Application of up-to-date technologies in education today is necessary if we want to compete effectively in global markets. Nowadays we should be able to think globally. And videoconferencing allows students from Armenia and their peers in other countries to explore, communicate, analyze and share information and ideas with one another”, – VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian mentioned during the official opening.

“The support of VivaCell-MTS for the videoconferencing hall in the University’s brand new state of the art campus building is appreciated by the whole University community. The VivaCell-MTS commitment to education in Armenia is exemplary and demonstrates its direct continued support of the community," said AUA President Haroutune Armenian.

Support for the videoconferencing equipment was provided by USAID in an earlier grant to the University.

VivaCell-MTS (K-Telecom CJSC) is the leading Armenian mobile operator, providing a wide range of Voice and Data services. Since its launch on 1st July 2005, in a short period of time VivaCell-MTS has managed to build a nationwide network and a considerable customer base. VivaCell-MTS drives the development and offering of innovative mobile communications products, services and features in the Armenian mobile communications market. For more information, visit www.vivacell.am

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS”) is the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS. Together with its subsidiaries, the Company services over 91.4 million subscribers. The regions of Russia, as well as Armenia, Belarus, Turkmen’stan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, in which MTS and its associates and subsidiaries are licensed to provide GSM services, have a total population of more than 230 million. Since June 2000, MTS’ Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT). Additional information about MTS can be found at www.mts.ru

The American University of Armenia is registered as a non-profit educational organization in both Armenia and the United States and is affiliated with the Regents of the University of California. Receiving major support from the AGBU, AUA offers instruction leading to the Masters Degree in eight graduate programs. For more information about AUA, visit www.aua.am.

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