Regulator bans zero mobile tariffs

13 Jul 2009

Ukraine’s National Communications Regulation Commission has forbidden mobile operators from setting zero tariffs for their services, according to a report on the website of the Ukrainian National Radio Company. ‘There are no, and cannot be any, zero tariffs,’ commission member Liudmyla Artiushenko said, adding that the telecommunications laws state that tariffs cannot be lower than cost, which would constitute ‘price dumping’. The regulator’s analysis of current tariffs in the market was made at the request of the leading cellco by subscribers, Kyivstar. Commission members and analysts reported that zero tariffs were ‘most actively used’ by MTS Ukraine and Astelit (Life:)). Astelit and MTS Ukraine reportedly called the activities of the regulator ‘unlawful.’