Moldovan watchdog, the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI), has announced that the Central Court of Chisinau has ruled that StarNet, the country’s second largest internet service provider (ISP) in terms of subscribers, had breached Article No. 5 of the Electronic Communications Act (No. 241-XVI of 15 November 2007), which relates to the ‘unlicensed use of numbering resources in the provision of services and/or electronic communications. According to an ARCETI report, StarNet Solutions provided fixed telephony services to its customers without having the legal right to use numbering resources in the period 1 January-20 March 2014. As a result, the court has imposed a ‘fine of 400 conventional units, equivalent to MDL8,000 (USD572) to be paid to the state’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the fine is the third such measure imposed on StarNet since September 2013. That month, the regulator determined that StarNet provided telephony services using geographical numbers outside of the zone to which they had been assigned, in breach of Section 7 of the Procedures for Management of Telephone Numbering Resources (No.58/2010). In December 2013, ANRCETI issued another warning to StarNet, this time for failing to provide it with certain information.