by Arthur Yernjakyan
Orange's investments in Armenia have amounted to 270mln EUR, CEO of Orange Armenia Francis Gelibter said at an Armenian-French economic forum in Yerevan on Monday.
He said that the money was invested mostly in infrastructure. According to Gelibter, his company provides a wide range of mobile and Internet services and is actively promoting new technologies. Particularly, it is ready to help the Armenian authorities to introduce e-government.
Gelibter asked Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan if this is possible. Sargsyan said that it is crucial for Armenia to develop e-government.
"We are ready to support innovations and to provide them with serious tax preferences and even exempt them from profit tax. As far as e- government is concerned, here we organize regular tenders and we will be happy if Orange wins one and brings new technologies and knowledge into Armenia," the Armenian President said.
Orange Armenia is 100% subsidiary of France Telecom and has provided mobile and Internet services in Armenia since Nov 2009. In Nov 2008 it was granted a license to operate GSM network for 15 years.