FAS drops national roaming case against Beeline

19 Feb 2018

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has terminated a case against mobile operator Beeline regarding inter-network ‘national roaming’ charges within the Russia Federation – specifically related to fees for roaming on the networks of operators in the Russian-occupied Crimea peninsula. The FAS was satisfied that Beeline has voluntarily eliminated violations of antimonopoly legislation, TelecomDaily reported. Beeline may still be liable for a fine, the level of which will be established after the completion of administrative proceedings.

Note that the FAS national roaming (i.e. Crimea-related) cases against Beeline and other major Russian cellcos are separate from ongoing FAS cases against the ‘big four’ (Beeline, MTS, MegaFon and Tele2 Russia) regarding intra-network (on-net) domestic roaming charges, whereby cellcos charge their users additional fees for mobile services when travelling to Russian regions outside a user’s home region.

FAS’ national roaming (Crimea) cases against Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Tele2 Russia will be considered on 22 February, whilst a similar case against MegaFon has been postponed until 6 March.