MegaFon investigated over roaming hikes, but only faces tiny penalty

2 Feb 2017

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has filed a case against cellco MegaFon regarding its recent increased international roaming charges for 38 countries. The operator could face a fine of up to RUB1 million (USD16,600), although commentators cited by ComNews noted that this penalty would be insignificant for MegaFon. The same experts claimed that the December price hikes stemmed from MegaFon’s ‘weaker’ international negotiating position regarding foreign operators compared to its main rivals. According to the FAS, MegaFon’s actions may have violated the Law On Protection of Competition regarding pricing for its voice, data and SMS roaming fees. The comptroller added that the other main Russian cellcos, VimpelCom (Beeline), Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Tele2 Russia, have not made similar tariff increases.

Russia, MegaFon