Fury as ArmenTel’s wireless network enters third week of outage

19 Jul 2005

Since 1 July ArmenTel’s 200,000 or so wireless subscribers have been without service, after the launch of promotional rates by a rival operator – Vivacell – caused the network to overload. ArmenTel, which is 90% owned by Greek telco OTE, claims to have flown network engineers over from Greece and Germany to root out the problem, but thus far they have failed to provide an explanation for the failure. Now in its third week of down time, the Armenian government is reported to be losing patience with ArmenTel and is believed to be considering imposing sanctions against the company.