Director General of the KATEL Telecommunications Company Salavat Iskhakov held a news conference in Bishkek on 17 October announcing the company has to appeal to international court, because the National Agency of Communications denies restoring the company's license to provide satellite service. According to the company, it received in 1997 equal rights with the governmental Kyrgyztelecom Company to provide the service but was revoked of it in 1998.
However, Iskhakov said he does not believe that President Askar Akayev was involved in the case and that the company did not inspire to publish an article on the case in The Washington Times. The latter wrote on 24 September, "Mr. Akayev himself is blocking KATEL's reinstatement" and "what enriches Mr. Akayev through corruption impoverishes the 4.75 million Kyrgyz people. After KATEL's confiscation, foreign investors will avoid the Kyrgyz Republic like the plague."