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Armenia - Premium SMS, Short Code Requirements


The regulations in Armenia caters and covers all of the Mobile Payment types, that includes Premium SMS BillingStandard Rate Services and Short Codes 


coatofarms.png The Government of the Republic of Armenia.


The Republic of Armenia Ministry of Transport and Communication is a republican body of executive authority, which elaborates and implements the policies of the Republic of Armenia Government in the transport, communication, and information technologies sectors.




vivacell-mts-logo.png  K Telecom/VivaCell * - Network name in txtNations system: KTELECOM-AM

* K Telecom is known as VivaCell 

Since the very beginning the VivaCell brand shined in Armenia with a clearly defined scope: to bring the world to Armenia and Armenia to the world. That was the commitment and the Company strives to achieve this every single day with state of the art services, features and products - all of which are offered by a newly co-branded VivaCell-MTS to the Armenian society. VivaCell-MTS spearheaded the development of the telecommunication sector in Armenia, and offered innovative mobile voice and data products and services, and tailored solutions for different market segments. Furthermore, excellent network coverage has always been the competitive advantage of VivaCell-MTS which has managed to roll-out and build a radio network in the entire country within a short period of time. Simultaneously, our company managed to build an extensive network of service centers across Armenia with the objective to come as close as possible to its subscribers. Our network provides a capacity to serve over 2.5 million subscribers.



beeline_logo.gif  Beeline/Armentel ** - Network name in txtNations system: ARMENTEL-AM

** Now known as the Armenian Telephone Company (Belonging to Beeline)

The Armenian Telephone Company, briefly ArmenTel, is the largest telecommunications company in Armenia. It belongs to the second largest Russian mobile network operatorVimpelCom (brand Beeline) since 2006. In the Armenian SSR the Telefonie was adjusted by the post office and communication Ministry. The telephone network was operated in the capital Yerevan and the remainder of the republic by in each case a monopolist. 1995 were sold again created that Armenia of telephones company (ArmenTel) as a monopolist for international calls to 49% to the American company Trans World Telecom. 1996 fused ArmenTel with the operator of the telephone network of Yerevan and 1997 with the operator of the net in the remainder of the country.




Since entering the Armenian telecom market in 2009, Ucom has provided Armenian customer with high-quality services, using the most advanced technology.

Our key objective has always been to ensure accessibility of the latest innovative solutions of the field to our customers. We were the first to introduce the FTTH (Fiber to the Home) solution to the Armenian consumer, which ensures provision of high-quality IPTV, broadband internet and digital phone services.

Recognizing the potential of the Armenian telecommunication market, we were able to not only achieve a stable position on the Armenian broadband internet market in a short period of time, but have also become the largest wholesale operator in Armenia, thanks to own fiber-optic link connecting Armenia and Georgia. This enabled the company to provide transit internet services to Near East countries, thus ensuring the importance of Armenian telecommunication market in the region.

Catching up with the trends of global telecommunication market, in 2013 the company received a license for provision of public mobile broadband internet services, and in 2015 acquired 100% shares of Orange Armenia, thus expanding its operation to the Armenian mobile market. This expansion prepared basis for implementation of the fastest 4G network in Armenia, which meets the best international standards, as well as replenish company’s convergent services, with “4 in 1” package, providing customers with the access to a full range of IPTV, fixed and mobile voice and internet services.




Market Statistics


Demand for telecom services in Armenia plummeted as the most damaging impact of the Global Financial Crisis hit the country in 2009. Mobile subscriber growth was negligible (around 2%) for the year. There has been some recovery since then in both the economy and the country’s telecom market. Coming into 2011, an improving national economy was seeing a recovery in the mobile market, with annual growth returning to ‘double digit’ levels.

The telecommunications sector in Armenia has experienced a rollercoaster ride over the last two decades. The sector slipped into decline following the collapse of the former Soviet Union in the 1990s, with the fixed-line teledensity falling markedly. This was partly as a consequence of the prevailing socio-economic instability within the region, but more significant a factor was that the country initially failed to embrace any vigorous reform in the telecom sector. Despite steadily improving economic conditions as the country underwent economic reform, the telecoms sector was slow to respond. 



Area: Total: 29,743 sq km Land: 28,203 sq km Water: 1,540 sq km
Cities: YEREVAN (capital) 1.11 million
Terrain: Armenian Highland with mountains; little forest land; fast flowing rivers; good soil in Aras River valley 
Climate: highland continental, hot summers, cold winters

Nationality: Noun: Armenian(s) Adjective: Armenian
Population: 2,967,975
Annual population growth rate: 0.063%
Language: Armenian (official) 97.7%, Yezidi 1%, Russian 0.9%, other 0.4% (2001 census)
Flag: flag.jpg


Type: Republic
Independence: 21 September 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
Constitution: adopted by nationwide referendum 5 July 1995; amendments adopted through a nationwide referendum 27 November 2005
Branches: chief of state: President Serzh SARGSIAN, head of government: Prime Minister Tigran SARGSIAN, cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the prime minister
Political parties: Armenian National Congress; Armenian National Movement; Armenian Revolutionary Federation ("Dashnak" Party); Heritage Party; People's Party of Armenia; Prosperous Armenia; Republican Party of Armenia; Rule of Law Party (Orinats Yerkir)
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal


Nominal GDP: $16.86 billion 
GDP per capita: $5,700
Annual GDP growth rate: 2.6%
Natural resources: small deposits of gold, copper, molybdenum, zinc, bauxite
Agriculture: fruit (especially grapes), vegetables; livestock
Industry: diamond-processing, metal-cutting machine tools, forging-pressing machines, electric motors, tires, knitted wear, hosiery, shoes, silk fabric, chemicals, trucks, instruments, microelectronics, jewelry manufacturing, software development, food processing, brandy
Trade: Export - Germany 16.5%, Russia 15.4%, US 9.6%, Bulgaria 8.6%, Georgia 7.6%, Netherlands 7.5%, Belgium 6.7%, Canada 4.9% (2009) Import - Russia 24%, China 8.7%, Ukraine 6.1%, Turkey 5.4%, Germany 5.4%, Iran 4.1% (2009)



Market Growth

General region↓ Total number of Internet users (thousands)↓ Internet Users per 100 inhab.↓ Total population (thousands)↓ GDP per capita↓ GDP total (thousands)↓ Mobile subscibers per 100 inhab.↓ Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
Asia Pacific Region  1396.55  6.8  3262.2  1,915,380  6,318,880,000  85.0  10800
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The dram (Armenian: Դրամ; sign: Armenian dram sign.svg; code: AMD) is the monetary unit of Armenia. It is subdivided into 100 luma (Armenian: լումա). The word "dram" translates into English as "money".

1000 AMD in £GBP

1000 AMD in $USD

1000 AMD in €EUR


Approval Process

As part of the application process for a short code, you will need to complete a txtNation Customer Care Form (CCF). It typically takes 1 week to get service approval form feedback and approximately 1 week to get live once your CCF has been evaluated.


Promotional Guidelines

There is currently no set regulation documents for Armenia at the time of writing, however your service will be evaluated to ensure you are delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Messages Flow Requirements

There is currently no set regulation documents for Armenia at the time of writing, however your service will be evaluated to ensure you are delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Service Types

There is currently no set regulation documents for Armenia at the time of writing, however your service will be evaluated to ensure you are delivering value for money and is honest and fair.

No gambling or games/content that contains stakes. Adult content is possible in the form of bikini, mild content only, however approval is required which is difficult to obtain. . 

Subscription services are not available in Armenia due to the lines being MO billed. 


Billing Types

We operate on Mobile Originated (MO) billed lines on our shared codes in the Armenia. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types.


Short codes

On our shared codes in Armenia, we operate on a 4 digit shortcode for each carrier. 



The current Armenia rate of tax is available via Wikipedia. The out-payments on our rate cards are exclusive of VAT, so if you are VAT registered you can claim a higher outpayment than is shown.


Dedicated Codes 

Dedicated codes are not available in Armenia. You can read more about Short Code Coverage, SMS Billing Services and Mobile Payments in Armenia via the txtNation Gateway.


Armenia has the following Mobile Payment options available, all of which fall under these regulations:

  • Premium SMS (P-SMS) including Short Code services

Additional options for Mobile Payments and Messaging in Armenia include:

  • HLR Lookup
  • Bulk SMS

Note: This page is updated as frequently as possible when we are informed from the regulators or mobile operators in Armenia of a change or update in regulations. There may be a latest version of Premium SMS, Mobile Payments or Short Code Regulations in Armenia. Please contact your account manager for more information.

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