MTS Turkmenistan, the Turkmen branch of the Russian mobile company MTS (Mobile TeleSystems), the largest cellular operator in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, received a notice from the Turkmen Ministry of Communications yesterday telling them that their license was suspended effective today, regnum.ru reported.
No explanation was given.
The notice said that "communications and Internet services in Turkmenistan may be suspended for a period of one month," and express payment and pin codes would also no longer be activated.
MTS suffered some outage earlier this month where Internet connection was lost, but reported that it was due to an accident at a switching station.
In 2005, Barash Communications Technologies, Inc. (BCTI), a U.S.-owned company which was founded in Turkmenistan in 1994, and MTS signed an agreement with the Turkmen Ministry of Communications, under which the government received 20 percent of the profits. That agreement expires today.
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