The mobile operator Beeline threatened with bankruptcy
if the company does not invest capital in Georgia, as per Kakha Bekauri, the head of the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC).
According to him, the state undertakes not to
allow unfair competition on the market, however, the company must become more activate as in the coming months the
competition in the Georgian telecommunications market will become tougher.
"We protect all companies from unfair
competition, but we cannot protect them from the need to invest in their
development. We urge Beeline to rev up to be the third full-fledged operator on
the mobile communications market, which
will definitely boost competition. We will support Beeline, but the company must make decisions itself,
"Kaka Bekauri says.
In his words, the commission is a guarantor of a
competitive environment, but the company will have to fight to maintain its niche
in the market.
"If Beeline does not start investing in the company’s development
and will not compete with the other two mobile companies, it will lose the market share it controls now. There is no
other danger, no one can use any principles of unfair competition against
anyone. To provide this, the commission has sufficient levers, "Kakha Bekauri explains.
The issue of Beeline’s future in
Georgia has become acute amid the major
mergers on the telecommunications market.
In 2017 the other two mobile operators merged with leaders in the
Internet, fixed telephony and cable television markets.
Given all this, Beeline
may face great difficulties in competing with giants providing integrated services simultaneously in several