ArmenTel clamps down on illegal VoIP providers

12 Sep 2006

Armenian fixed line incumbent ArmenTel has suspended services to a number of companies it claims have been offering VoIP without a requisite licence, writes Telecompaper. ArmenTel is the only company licensed to provide VoIP in the country. In 1998 the Armenian government granted it a 15-year monopoly on the provision of all telephony services, under Licence N60. However, five years later the state said it would revoke ArmenTel’s exclusivity on the provision of wireless and internet access services, having accused the telco of abusing its dominant status with poor network quality and high service costs. At the time, ArmenTel’s Greek parent OTE responded to the threat by launching a USD300 million compensatory claim against the government through the international courts, and twelve months of litigation followed. The court actions only stopped in November 2004.

Armenia, Team Telecom Armenia (formerly Beeline)