Belarus ready to agree on end to roaming charges with Russia

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The Belarus government is ready to sign a road map on ending roaming service charges with Russia, reports RIA Novosti citing Konstantin Shulgan, the Belarus ICT minister.

 

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The document could be signed in mid-September.
The European Union supports efforts to reduce roaming rates in the Eastern Partnership region (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) via the EU4Digital project. “Just like other Eastern Partnership Initiative countries Belarus is ready and does its best in order to offer comfortable rates to subscribers, understanding of how prices for roaming services are set inside the country and abroad,” Konstantin Shulgan said.
In his words, Belarus has already contacted several Eastern Partnership Initiative countries to work on the matter within the framework of bilateral relations. The minister also reminded that the relevant negotiations with Russia are nearing completion. “Approaches to resolving the problem are identical in any country. Communications systems are built using the same principle. Peculiarities of the countries will be taken into account by the roadmap on resolving the problem,” Konstantin Shulgan explained.
The EU4Digital project is also designed to encourage the development of high-speed broadband communications, harmonize digital regulations in various fields: logistics, healthcare, and cybersecurity.
Konstantin Shulgan also reminded that Belarus has something to offer in all of these spheres to other Eastern Partnership Initiative countries. A working meeting with representatives of the European Union will be held soon. These proposals will be fleshed out there and then.

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