PSRC slaps ArmenTel with AMD1m fine for delaying GNC-ALFA cable request

15 May 2014

Armenia’s telecoms industry watchdog, Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC), has hit incumbent fixed line operator ArmenTel with a AMD1 million (USD2,417) fine for breaching rules and regulations governing the provision of unused capacity on its PSTN trunk networks, specifically in respect of alternative operator GNC-ALFA. The chief of the commission’s telecommunications division, Gevorg Gevorgyan, confirmed the decision, noting: ‘The company [ArmenTel] enjoys dominance at this segment’s market, and in accordance with the regulations, ought to ensure connection to other operators within ten days.’ It is understood that the PTO took 33 days to process the request. Arka News Agency reports that ArmenTel CEO Andrey Pyatakhin admitted the delay, saying: ‘We provided technical conditions within the term specified by the regulations, but after that started discussing the conditions by exchanging messages, and the discussion ran over time because of some factors … However, the commission keeps its eye on our activity, and it has fined us. We admit that we failed to meet the deadline and we are ready to pay for that.’

GNC-ALFA is a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostelecom and started providing telecom services in Armenia under Rostelecom’s brand, including ultra-high speed internet and IP telephony services, in December 2012.