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Armenia: NGOs, Media Groups Urge Government to Maintain a Minimum of 3 Telecom Operators

On December 30, 2019, Veon Armenia and Ucom CJSC applied to the State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition of the Republic of Armenia for seeking consent to market concentration. In particular, Ucom CJSC plans to acquire 100% of Veon Armenia shares based on this application. SCPEC has initiated proceedings in accordance with the established procedure. On March 19, 2020, the SCPEC, due to the health risks associated with conducting sessions on proceedings in the context of the coronavirus infection, suspended the proceedings of a number of proceedings, including this proceedings, by its decision N 122-A.

The key strategic risk posed by the potential merger of telecom operators is linked with Armenia’s information security. With three strong telecom operators in the country, that risk is diminished and/or neutralized.

Based on the foregoing, as well as the harms of monopolistic or quasimonopolistic positions to the free-market economy as well as democracy and respect for human rights, we resolutely urge the State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition to take legislative action or to implement the laws in order to:

  1. Maintain the existence of at least three mobile operators, which will, most importantly, safeguard the country’s information security, as well as economic competition and technological development;
  2. Rule out ownership of more than one telecom operators by the same owner; and
  3. To present to the telecom operators requirements that will ensure continuous improvement of service quality and the technical and technological accessibility and financial affordability of their services throughout the Republic of Armenia and to the whole population.

We would like to take the opportunity to extend our gratitude to Armenia’s telecom operators for the support provided to Armenian society, especially the vulnerable groups during this difficult period. 

Others are invited to join this appeal.

Journalists' Club Asparez Club

Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office

Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center

Open Society Foundations-Armenia

Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation

Law Development and Protection Foundation

Union of Informed Citizens

Boon Foundation

Support to Women and Children NGO

Tatevik NGO

«Progress of Gyumri» NGO - Civil Society Development Center

Union of Public Defenders

Society Without Violence NGO

Peace Dialogue NGO

Unison NGO

New Generation Humanitarian NGO

Youth for Change NGO

Pink Armenia

National Center of Public Policy Research

Women's Rights House NGO

Armenian Progressive Youth NGO

Public Journalism Club

Consumers Suppport Center NGO

“Consumers’ Consulting Center” NGO

Sose Women's Issues NGO

ANI Armenian Research Center

“For Equal Rights” NGO

''Spitak Helsinki Group” human rights NGO


Shogher Union NGO

"Armenian Constitutional Right-Protective Centre" NGO

Martuni Women's Community Council

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