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France Telecom bids for Armenian mobile licence

08 октября 2008

France Telecom SA said Monday it had submitted a EUR51 million bid for a mobile phone license in Armenia.

"We confirm that Orange has submitted a formal offer to the Armenian Telecommunications Commission for the acquisition of a national mobile operator license," a company spokesman said, referring to the Orange brand under which most of France Telecom's businesses operate.

The bid sees the French telecom giant following through on its promise to expand modestly into new markets after it scrapped its unpopular $42 billion bid for Nordic operator
TeliaSonera AB in June.

France Telecom bid higher than the EUR45.6 million offered by
Sweden's Tele2 AB and the EUR31.7 million bid from Anglo-Irish consortium CEO Blackrock Communication, the Russian news agency Prime-Tass reported Monday, citing Andranik Manukyan, the chairman of the tender commission and an adviser to the Armenian president.

The license winner will be officially announced within three days, Prime-Tass quoted Manukyan as saying.

currently has two mobile operators, ArmenTel, which is owned by Russia's VimpelCom, and K-Telecom, a subsidiary of Russia's MTS, according to Prime-Tass.

Источник: Total Telecom

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