ArmInfo.The Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) considers unreasonable all the allegations of the telecommunications company Ucom, addressed to the Commission regarding the creation of unequal competitive conditions concerning the announced tender for granting permission to use radio frequencies of 811-821 MHz and 852-862 MHz. This is stated in the official statement of PSRC.
The Commission expresses bewilderment about the fact that the company raised this issue publicly, given that the decision was made as a result of lengthy and comprehensive discussions and agreed with all interested parties and government bodies, including published on www.e-draft.am and www.psrc.am.
However, according to the source, the company participated in a meeting of the commission, during which this decision was discussed and did not oppose.The PSRC considers it unacceptable that the company compares the 2018 tender with the tender announced by the Commission in 2013 to allow the use of the 800 MHz radio frequency band, during which the starting price and obligations amounted to 6.225 billion drams, which was accepted on the basis of the PSRC proposal, which the government approved 6 June 2013. The decision, according to the report, was aimed in particular at the transition from analog television to digital and the introduction of LTE Advanced mobile communication technology, which is the fulfillment of Armenia's commitment to the EU.
At the same time, the conditions of the competition interested only the company Ucom, which was declared the winner. During the competition, announced in 2013, LTE Advanced technology was not introduced to the telecommunications market, and the winner of the competition was given the opportunity to choose 80% of Armenian communities to which broadband Internet coverage would apply to the competition. Taking into account the above and the lack of coverage of LTE Advanced mobile technology in 121 of the most problematic locations, as well as similar competitions held in countries with similar markets (Georgia, Moldova), the starting price of the tender announced in 2018 was 1.5 billion drams.In addition to the fact that the winning company, in addition to the commitments made in the 2013 competition, was additionally instructed to provide the above-mentioned settlements with LTE Advance coverage. Meanwhile, according to the estimate previously presented to Ucom, to fulfill this commitment, investments in the amount of 5.3 - 6.1 billion drams will be required."Leaving the conclusions to the public, we regret that Ucom, owning the above information and taking part in the decision-making process, spreading misinformation, tried to turn the PSRC decision into a subject of various speculations," the message said.