Russian cellcos to get spectrum, CPP

9 Feb 2006

Russia’s Ministry of Information Technology is considering a plan to free up mobile spectrum in the far east of the country, allowing operators such as Vimpelcom and NTC to expand their coverage. Dow Jones reports that the spectrum is currently being used by the Russian military, but the government is hoping to hold a tender for certain frequencies. Meanwhile, the government is now one step closer to passing a bill which will see the introduction of a calling party pays (CPP) system for mobile networks. The third and last reading of the bill saw it approved by Russia’s lower house, the State Duma; to become law it must now be passed by the upper house. If successful, the new legislation, which bans operators from charging subscribers for receiving most types of calls, is expected to be enacted at the start of July.