Orange unit receives more frequencies; PSRC sets interconnect tariffs

11 Feb 2010

Start-up mobile operator Orange Armenia has been given additional radio frequencies by the regulator, the Public Services Regulation Commission (PSRC), to improve the quality of communications between its base stations. In its press release the PSRC said the cellco’s application was approved in part to avoid disruptions of satellite television work in the capital Yerevan and the areas surrounding Aragatsotn.

In a separate development the PSRC has also announced it has established tariffs for interconnection between fixed line telecoms operators in the country. PanARMENIAN.Net reports that the committee yesterday approved a business model concerning interconnection between former monopoly ArmenTel (Beeline) and alternative operators. The PSRC has apparently set rates independently for the capital and for other regions. The interconnect rate for the capital is set at AMD2.5 (USD0.0066), compared to AMD10 in other regions – instead of the amounts proposed by ArmenTel of AMD5.2 (Yerevan) and AMD12 (other regions).