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Raštas AB “Lietuvos telekomas” dėl prijungimo prie interneto – 2004 m. birželio 30 d. Nr. 06/30-1

AB “Lietuvos Telekomas”  RAŠTAS

Generaliniam direktoriui 2004 m. birželio 30 d.

p. Arūnui Šikštai Nr. 06/30-1
Kopija – Ryšių reguliavimo tarnybai Vilnius

Dėl prijungimo prie interneto

Kaip mus informavo Ryšių reguliavimo tarnyba AB “Lietuvos telekomas” teigė, kad 2000 07 31 įsakymu Nr.323 „patvirtinti įjungimo į internetą skirtąja linija tarifai interneto paslaugų teikėjams bei tarifai kitiems abonentams skiriasi, dėl to, kad tarifai nustatomi iš esmės skirtingoms paslaugoms” (IP adresų suteikimo taisyklės, maršrutizavimo principai, autonominės sistemos statusas, galinės įrangos komplektacija ir pan.). Taip pat AB “Lietuvos telekomas” informavo, kad minėtas įsakymas neteko galios 2001 m. birželio mėnesį.

Tačiau byloje Nr.2A-11 ekspertas, atlikęs sutarčių Nr. 2000/LPTV-SLI-1 ir Nr. Inet/ISP001002LG vykdymo techninę ekspertizę, atsakydamas į klausimą: “kas konkrečiai pasikeitė performinant paslaugų teikimo sutartį Nr. 2000/LPTV-SLI-1 į brangesnę sutartį Nr. Inet/ISP001002LG” nustatė: “Niekas. Modemo greitaveika pakeista programiniu būdu”.

Akivaizdu, kad šis eksperto nustatytas faktas prieštarauja AB “Lietuvos telekomas” pateiktam paaiškinimui Ryšių reguliavimo tarnybai “kad tarifai nustatomi iš esmės skirtingoms paslaugoms“.

Norėdami išsiaiškinti visas paslaugų teikimo sąlygas prašome supažindinti mūsų įmonę :

su tarifais po to, kai 2000 m. liepos 31 d. AB „Lietuvos telekomas“ įsakymas Nr. 323 neteko galios;

su minėtų paslaugų konkrečiomis techninėmis charakteristikomis bei kokybės parametrais iki  2001 m. birželio mėn. ir po to, kai minėtas įsakymas neteko galios.

Apgailestaujame, kad AB “Lietuvos telekomas” nevykdo Licencijos Nr. 174/97, 3 Skyriaus p. 5.5 reikalavimo ir dėl to esame priversti individualiai prašyti teikiamų paslaugų parametrų.

Tikimės, kad Jūsų atsakymas į mūsų prašymą bus pargrįstas atitinkamais dokumentais, kurie padės Ryšių reguliavimo tarnybai ištirti šį klausimą iš esmės.

AB “Lietuvos telekomas” (TeliaSonera) gen. direktoriaus įsakymas N 323 neteisetas

TeliaSonera loses share and get complaints

TeliaSonera is losing market share to its competitors and will be forced to invest several MSEK in advertising and promotion in order to reverse the tendency. Both in fixed and mobile telephony this tendency is obvious and the rate of new mobile customers is not even in the vicinity of what Tele2, the most fierce competitor, has achieved.

Tele2 has increased its mobile customer base in 2002 by 16% and has now almost as many mobile customers as Telia Sonera has 3.1 million compared to 3.7 million for Telia Sonera. TeliaSonera has also had serious complaints from both PTS and the Competition Authority for its pricing of ADSL and broadband

Government wants to pool resources of state telecommunications providers

Communications department of the Latvian ministry of transport is investigating possibilities of pooling state-owned telecommunications networks.

The ministry is considering the creation of a so called alternative network, while the possible participants in the plan are cautious.

Director of the communications department, Raimonds Bergmanis, told DB that a working group of the ministry has reviewed cooperation possibilities of Latvenergo, the Latvian Railways (LDz), the Latvian State Radio and Television Center and the State Information Networks Agency and will soon evaluate both legal and economical aspects, as well as possible competitiveness of the united service provider.

Experts told Dienas Bizness that management and sales would be problematic for the alternative network.

Bergmanis said that all the above mentioned companies have got an extra communication network capacity that they sell to customers.
The four networks together cover entire Latvia, like the basic network of Lattelekom does.

A well informed source close to Latvenergo, who wished to remain anonymous, told Dienas Bizness that from the point of view of state as an owner this sounds like a reasonable solution, but it does not seem feasible to unite all these networks. It could work for private enterprises but not for state companies.

Lattelekom is the largest fixed-line telecommunications operator in Latvia, with more than 600,000 subscribers.


Norway’s You Launches NOK211 Million Lawsuit Against TeliaSonera

STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Norway’s You Communications AS, a small mobiletelecommunications operator, has launched a lawsuit against Netcom ASA, a Norwegian cellphone unit of Sweden’s TeliaSonera AB (TLSN), claiming NOK211 million in damages.

You alleges that Netcom has overcharged for use of its Norwegian network from 2000 to 2003. It is claiming lost business and compensation through the Norwegian courts.

You alleges that the prices charged by Netcom has effectively shut it out of the profitable segment for business users of mobile phone because the costs are too high. 

Magnus Hansson
Dow Jones Newswires, 46 8 545 130 91,

Telia Sonera’s strong liquidity questioned

Large institutional investors in Telia Sonera are questioning the company’s strong balance sheet and requests that company MD Anders Igel comes clear on Telia Sonera’s strategy.

Petter Odhnoff at Swedish Andra AP-fonden, who holds 22 million shares in Telia Sonera, says that the strong balance cannot be justified unless the company goes ahead with new acquisitions.

The company board will have a hard time justifying the necessity of such a strong balance sheet unless a clear strategy has been presented before next year’s general meeting, Odhnoff says.

Odhnoff receives support from Björn Lind at SEB Fonder. Lind says that Telia Sonera’s balance sheet is too strong and that the company should be more generous concerning dividends or repurchases of company shares.

In the first six months of 2004, Telia Sonera’s value has slumped 20% while the share index has increased by 10%.

Svenska Dagbladet

Swedish PTS Orders TeliaSonera To Reveal ADSL Information

Sweden’s telecommunications regulator, PTS, Wednesday ordered Nordic operator TeliaSonera AB (TLSN) to disclose information about other operators’ access to its Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, or broadband network.

PTS said it wants TeliaSonera to disclose, at the request of customers, how many connected active copper accesses it has to specific telestations, as well as the length of access.

“That all participants on the market have access to effective information is a precondition to a well-functioning market,” PTS said.

TeliaSonera currently discloses information about its telestations through an application, whereas other operators can look up a particular customer’s telephone number in order to gain information about which station that customer is connected to and for what length of time.

The access network is the part of a telecommunications network that reaches into a customer’s home and which is required in order for an operator to be able to offer fixed subscriptions and ADSL services.

Access to both the access network and to information about the access network are important if several competing companies are to be able to offer ADSL services to the consumer, PTS said.

PTS added that TeliaSonera’s ADSL information is important for customers when deciding whether to establish themselves in a particular region.

TeliaSonera must report by July 27 what measures it has undertaken to meet these demands.

Company Web site:

By Louise Nordstrom
Dow Jones Newswires; +46 8 545 130 97;

Transport and Communications Minister Luhtanen criticises TeliaSonera merger agreement

TeliaSonera’s task was to concurrently come to an agreement in the arbitral dispute, and to ensure the maintenance of TeliaSonera’s control over Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT), mobile communications operator.

Near-standing to the talks process unofficial source that indicated a desire to remain anonymous informed DB that TeliaSonera, in order to obtain 100% in Lattelekom and reliable mediated controlling interest in LMT, is prepared to pay the amount ranging from 2 to 3 billion of Swedish Kronas (LVL 146-219 million). Bridget Grafstrom, press secretary at TeliaSonera said in telephone conversation that she would not give any comments on the information from unofficial source.

The source told the newspaper that so far TeliaSonera, as a part of an amicable agreement in the arbitral dispute between TeliaSonera and the Latvian state, has offered different variants of purchasing of stakes in Lattelekom – from the purchase of small stake to the purchase of larger stake. The readiness of the company to buy all of the stakes held by the Latvian state in Lattelekom has recently crystallized.

TeliaSonera is willing to fully ensure its positions in LMT where currently the company holds a 49% stake (a 23% stake is owned by Lattelekom, 23% – by the Latvian digital television and radio center, and 5% – by the Ministry of Communications). Assuming that TeliaSonera becomes the owner of a 100% stake in Lattelekom, TeliaSonera will indirectly obtain a 72% stake in LMT that in the year 2002 earned LVL 34,6 million in profit with LVL 115 million turnover.

DB reminds that earlier Latvian press editions wrote that TeliaSonera indicated a desire to buy state-owned stakes in Lattelekom. Commenting such allegations, the representatives of TeliaSonera stated that the company’s challenge is to obtain a majority stake in all of the Baltic telecoms where currently TeliaSonera holds stakes.

Arbitral proceedings of summer 2000 were initiated by Sonera, Finnish telecom provider that owns Tilts Communications (TC), which in turn holds a 49% stake in Lattelekom, and which has recently merged with another Scandinavian telecom provider – Telia. TC requests from the Latvian state compensation for unilateral curtail of Lattelekom’s monopole activity term from 2013 to 2003. The Latvian state has filed a counter-claim concerning the breach of the stipulated term of frame agreement.

Dienas Bizness

Von Weymarn on TeliaSonera’s problems

Chairman of the Board of TeliaSonera, Tom von Weymarn, admits that Harri Koponen, the company’s deputy CEO was fired. According to Von Weymarn, this did not come as a surprise as conflicts between CEO Anders Igel and Koponen reflecting their different personalities and operating methods occurred almost daily. Von Weymarn believes the company’s problems will continue also after Koponen leaves and it would have been valuable for the company had Igel and Koponen been able to settle their differences.

TeliaSonera’s deputy CEO given notice

Harri Koponen, deputy CEO of Finnish-Swedish telecom group TeliaSonera, has been given notice on 21 June 2004. According to CEO Anders Igel, their understanding of the business strategies and the internal management principles established by the Board of Directors has not been cohesive.

According to Tom von Weymarn, Chairman of the Board of TeliaSonera, he does not understand what Igel means with internal management principles established by the Board of Directors. There was no difference of opinion between Koponen and the Board of the company and the issue has been differences of opinion between Igel and Koponen that reflect different personalities and operating methods. According to Igel these were not decisive factors.

In connection with the changes, the company’s Finnish CFO, Kim Ignatius, will get a more prominent role in the international holdings.

Arbitration between Tilts Communications A/S/Cable and Wireless plc/Sonera OY and Republic of Latvia/Lattelekom SIA

In September 2001, Cable and Wireless plc was joined as a party to an arbitration in connection with its former participation with Sonera OY (‘‘Sonera’’) in the joint venture Tilts Communications A/S (‘‘Tilts’’).

Through Tilts, Cable and Wireless plc and Sonera purchased a 49 per cent shareholding in a Latvian telecommunications company, Lattelekom SIA in 1994. Cable and Wireless plc sold its interest in Tilts to Sonera in June 1998.

On 3 March 2004, all of the parties in the arbitration signed a Settlement Agreement, which settled all past and present claims. The successor entity to Sonera, TeliaSonera AB, agreed to pay The Republic of Latvia Latvian Lat1 million under the Settlement Agreement. Cable and Wireless plc was not required to pay any sums to settle the arbitration. Sonera (and subsequently TeliaSonera AB) indemnified Cable & Wireless for any of its liabilities including costs incurred in the arbitration and, to date, has paid a substantial amount of these costs.

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