Українська Інтернет Асоціація збирається звернутися в антимонопольний комітет з приводу цін "Укртелекому"
09/04/2001 | www.europemedia.net
Ukraine Internet Association to appeal against Ukrtelecom's pricing policy
Novecon, the Russian news agency, reports that the Ukraine's
Internet Association (INAU) intends to appeal to the local Anti-Trust
Committee against the pricing policy of Ukrtelecom, the national
Earlier this month, the country's Supreme Arbitration Court
overturned a ruling by the
Kiev city arbitration court ordering Ukrtelecom to pay Golden
Telecom, the alternative fixed-line operator, UAH17.8m (E3.6m) for
failing to allow the Ukrainian-US joint venture full access to the Kiev
city telephone network.
INAU, which represents the interest of internet service providers in
the Ukrainian market, is arguing that Ukretelcom's decision earlier
this year to raise the rent of major communications channels by 20
per cent and simultaneously cut the price of internet access for end
users, restricts the level of competition in the sector.
Indeed, in a recent open letter vilifying the decision of the Supreme
Arbitration Court to reverse the previous ruling in favour of Golden
Telecom, INAU said that "all members of INAU, to one or another
extent, suffer from the dominant position of the state
operator-monopoly" and that although the earlier decision
appeared to finally show that the government was getting serious
about applying the law and commercial principles to disputes in
the telecoms sector, this was a red herring.
The INAU continues to say that the success, or not, of alternative
operators' activities continues to depend on the whims of a few
government officials. Not an ideal situation
for the government, which is trying to conjure up interest among
foreign investors for a 37 per cent stake in Ukrtelecom.