ArmInfo. Ministry of Transport, Communications and IT is ready to contribute to all carriers operating in Armenia, contributing to improve the quality of telecommunications services. On February 20, the Minister of Transport, Communications and IT Vahan Martirosyan said to Beeline CEO in Armenia Andrey Pyatakhin during a visit to the company "ArmenTel".
As the press service of the Ministry told ArmInfo, the sides discussed the current challenges and prospects for the development of telecommunications. During the meeting A.Pyatakhin noted that in conditions of increased competition from OTT application (over-the-top) (as in the case of other operators), number of subscribers using Beeline voice services decreases, and this leads to a reduction in revenue, particularly through international calls. In this regard, the CEO said that the company is changing its strategy and business model, making the transition from voice and data services to digital services, particularly in providing mobile Internet platform, financial, television and other services.
To the question of the Minister with respect to the prices for roaming, A. Pyatakhin answered, "Beeline has revised the pricing of calls while roaming". However, he stressed that the company in Armenia offers the lowest tariffs for roaming services in all areas.
To note, ArmenTel CJSC (Beeline brand) is a member of VimpelCom Group. VimpelCom is one of the world's largest integrated telecommunications services operators providing voice and data services through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed technologies in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Canada. VimpelCom provides services under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", "Wind", "Infostrada" "Mobilink", "Leo", "Banglalink", "Telecel", and "Djezzy" brands.
According to National Statistical Service of Armenia, in 2016 connection sector revenue amounted to 152 billion AMD, having decreased on annual basis by 9.5% (against a decline of 6.3% a year earlier). The dominant in the field of communications is the telecommunications segment - 94.2%, which provided revenue of 143 billion AMD, having reduced it by 21.5% per annum (against decline of 6.7% in 2015).