FAS launches roaming investigation

22 Feb 2010

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has launched a probe into mobile roaming fees charged by the country’s ‘big three’ operators; Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Vimpelcom and MegaFon, Reuters reports. FAS said it believed that the tariffs charged by the three operators for roaming calls were ‘unreasonably overpriced’, adding: ‘The level of tariffs set by the big three operators on roaming calls are exceeding that set by the European Commission by three to six times.’ The FAS found that the operators, which – according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database – control around 82% of the country’s mobile market, charge almost double the cost of international long-distance connections for domestic roaming, far above the rates levied by their smaller rivals, such as Tele2.