ArmenTel Offers New Prices

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–ArmenTel stated on September 28 that new prices–including "charges on local–mobile–Internet and other types of communication," were submitted to the company’s Board of Directors for approval.

According to ArmenTel’s press release–"After the government approves the mentioned package–we will present our users with a comprehensive information regarding the billing."

Thus–it is the first time ArmenTel has formally admitted that its charges can be applied only after government approval. Since ArmenTel’s previous decision to charge per minute fro phone calls was not approved by the government–the given statement may mean that ArmenTel has changed its decision to introduce to per minute billing–which caused strong public discontent.

Transportation and Communication Minister Andranik Manoukian said over Public Television on September 28 that the government had banned the introduction of the per-minute billing system and would "take measures" if ArmenTel tried to introduce the system.

ArmenTel said they would invest $75 million in 2002. There are plans to develop Internet and mobile connection as well. The company is going to take part in international programs of TAE and BSFOCS. ArmenTel is also going to put shares into circulation at the RA Stock Exchange.

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