OTE Monopoly Impedes Internet Access in Armenia Greece

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–International experts say that among the European countries Greece has the fewest number of computers connected to Internet–Director of the Computer Service at the American University of Armenia Igor Mkrtumian reported.

The Western experts account for it by the fact that the Greek OTE company has a monopoly of the telecommunication network in Greece. They state that the OTE sets prices too high for its telecommunications services–which impedes the Internet extension. Greece will lag behind other countries in the application of the most up-to-date technology for another 10 years if the OTE continues its monopoly.

Armenian experts in Internet and computer technology point out that the telecommunication monopoly and high prices are one of the reasons for a relatively few number of Internet users. Thus–in European countries 6 percent of the population are Internet users; in the USA 16 percent of the population make use of the Internet services–while in Armenia only 0.15 percent. At the same time Armenia left behind Russia and Turkey as to the number of Internet users par capita.

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