Russian cellcos granted another four months to cease domestic roaming charges

23 Aug 2017

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has extended a deadline for mobile network operators to cease charging their users additional fees for ‘roaming’ between regions of the Federation. Having previously set a date of 15 August, the FAS has issued a new ultimatum, ordering MegaFon, Beeline, MTS and Tele2 to scrap ‘on-net national roaming’ charges by 15 December 2017, TelecomDaily reports. All four operators agreed to comply with the new deadline, and are expected to send monthly reports to the FAS regarding their compliance. Earlier this week, MegaFon withdrew a court action from the Moscow Arbitration Court wherein it had intended to oppose the FAS’ actions on tariffs. Consideration of FAS’ claims against MegaFon and Beeline regarding tariffs are scheduled for 26 September, whilst similar hearings on FAS claims against MTS and Tele2 are set for 28 September and 29 September, respectively.