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September 26, 2008

Georgian National Communications Commission fines Megafon

The Georgian National Communications Commission has announced a fine of more than $360,000 against the Russian telecom company Megafon for operating without a license within Georgian territory.

By CBR Staff Writer

Officials of the company said that despite previous administrative sanctions against Megafon, the company persisted in illegal use of the Georgian radiofrequency spectrum to provide mobile telecommunications services.

As a result of these illegal activities, Megafon is claimed to have caused technical problems for Magticom and Geocell, both licensed companies operating in Georgia.

Giorgi Arveladze, chairman of Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC), said: Our spectrum surveys indicate that this company dramatically expanded coverage before, during, and after the war, potentially making them a war profiteer and an active participant in Russia’s military operations inside the sovereign territory of Georgia.

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