FAS intra-network roaming cases initiated against Beeline, MTS, MegaFon

13 Mar 2018

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has this month initiated cases against the ‘big three’ mobile operators Beeline, MegaFon and MTS for violations regarding ‘intra-network roaming’ whereby cellcos charge their users additional fees for mobile services when travelling to Russian regions outside their home region despite remaining within on-net coverage. The agency had given the trio until the end of January 2018 to bring their tariffs in line with guidelines, but the cellcos did not fully comply, the FAS says. Fourth-placed operator Tele2 Russia has been given until end-May to standardise tariffs.

Note that the FAS intra-network roaming cases are separate from recent FAS inter-network ‘national roaming’ cases against the big four, which specifically related to fees charged for roaming on the networks of operators in the Russian-occupied Crimea peninsula (where none of the main quartet operate). On 6 March 2018 the FAS dropped its national roaming (inter-network) case against MegaFon after the latter lowered prices for Crimean services, following the termination of FAS cases against MTS (22 February) and Beeline (13 February) for similar reasons, whilst Tele2 also lowered its Crimea roaming tariffs on 15 February to comply with FAS guidelines.