MegaFon sticking to its guns

28 Nov 2006

Russian cellular operator MegaFon says it plans to appeal a court ruling which has ordered it to lower interconnect fees for smaller rivals. According to a Prime Tass report, the country’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) wants MegaFon to reduce the charge for incoming calls from the current level of RUB1.10 to RUB0.95 (USD0.04 to USD0.03), the same level that it charges the country’s two largest players, MTS and Vimpelcom. The big three introduced the lower fees for calls between their own networks in July, but kept the fee for minor players at the higher rate. MTS and Vimpelcom later agreed to set all interconnect charges to the lower level following threats of legal action from the FAS.

Russia, MegaFon