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Bakcell Wins Interconnection Rate Lawsuit Against Azercell Telekom

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Azerbaijan's Bakcell says that it has won an interconnection tariff related lawsuit against rival network, Azercell Telekom.

According to Bakcell, the Baku Administrative-Economic Court found that Azercell Telekom had broken the 2006 interconnection contract and ordered the payment of over AZN 15 million (USD19 million) for caused damage.

The lawsuit dates back to a decision by the government in April 2009 to reduce the interconnection rate to AZN0.02 per minute, but Azercell Telekom retained its rate at the older AZN0.05 per minute.

"We are very pleased with the court decision and the fact that the justice is served. Azercell has abused its dominant position and placed smaller operators at a disadvantage. The Court has remised this situation and punished Azercell for its abusive behavior,", says Mr. Richard Shearer, Bakcell CEO.

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