STATE COMMITTEE FOR PROTECTIOIN OF ECONOMICAL COMPETITION DECLINED
THE CLAIM OF ARMENTEL

Yerevan, March 31. ArmInfo. The State Commission for Protection of
Economical Competition declined the claim of ArmenTel protesting
against sanctions.

The matter is that ArmenTel held an action by which its consumers
were to pay only AMD 2 for a minute of telephone conversation and
nevertheless, K-Telecom company was still to pay for retranslation
AMD 14,04 and 19,93 in rush hours.

Press secretary of the Commission Karine Udumian told the ArmInfo
reporter that ArmenTel protested against the claim of K-Telecom and
demanded it to be declined. The Commission stated that it is empowered
to take measures about violation of economical competition.

ArmenTel also claimed that its actions could not push competitor
K-Telecom company out of the market and that the decision of the
Commission was unrightful as K-Telecom suffered no serious loss. The
Commission replied that its commitment is to control the actions of
the companies and not the consequences of those actions. ArmenTel
also demanded the penalty to be reduced to 1% of the incomes from
the city network instead of 1% of the total incomes. The Commission
stated that the penalty is determined by the law and the Commission
is not empowered to alter it.