Operators not Russian to endorse law change

12 Jun 2003

Russian telecoms operators and carriers have reacted badly to a decision by the State Duma to adopt a series of amendments to the country’s telecoms law. The industry is aggrieved that the changes favour the interests of consumers at the expense of creating a level regulatory playing field. Telcos are reportedly most upset that the authorities have thrown out a move towards per-minute billing. Under the present regime fixed line operators are restricted to offering flat rate fees which, they argue, is unprofitable in certain regions. Vetoing the proposal may curry favour with the general population in this – an election year – but does little to aid the developments of the country’s backward telecoms industry.