Russian regulator ordered an end to national roaming charges within 2 weeks

Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (Russian) has ordered the big four mobile operators in the country to stop charging for national roaming charges within two weeks of the notice.

Beeline, Megafon, Tele2 and MTS were ordered to apply the same rates for their service as in the user’s home region when the customers are traveling within the country. The watchdog claimed that the differences in prices were groundless, both from an economic and technological point of view.

Operators should inform users of the modification in rates 10 days before introducing the new prices.

The regulator added that its analysis showed prices for telecommunications services (calls/SMS to numbers within and outside the region of the user’s current location, as well as mobile internet/data services) should not differ from prices charged in the user’s home region when travelling to other regions of the Federation, as the cost difference is ‘not technologically justified’.

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