Government to slash internet fees

8 Mar 2007

The government of Armenia yesterday approved a dramatic cut in the state duties levied on companies providing web access services in a bid to boost internet uptake. Under local telecoms laws, Armenian ISPs are required to pay standard taxes plus an annual fixed fee for using the PSTN of state-run PTO ArmenTel. Smaller service providers have long argued that the annual fee of up to USD8,500 is prohibitive and is stilting competition in the market. In response to the complaints the government proposes a drastic reduction in the fee through a change to the current legislation.

Armenia, Team Telecom Armenia (formerly Beeline)