By Ruzanna Khachatrian
The Armenian government and the ArmenTel operator have formed a joint commission that will try to bridge their differences over the pricing policy of the Greek-controlled telecom monopoly, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Yervand Zakharian announced Thursday. He said the two side will seek to agree a “new tariff policy” involving fixed and mobile phone and Internet connection charges.
“Within approximately one month there will be a totally new tariff policy,” the upbeat minister told a parliamentary commission investigating the telecom sector.
The move follows last week’s ArmenTel decision to raise phone charges beginning September over the government’s objections. The ArmenTel chief executive, Nikos Georgioulas, said the measure is necessary to remedy the company’s difficult financial situation.
The government, for its part, demands that the Armenian subsidiary of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) make more investments in the country’s telephone network before introducing the tariff rise.