Russian mobile operators charge their subscribers with extra fees on top of their normal tariff if they travel to a region inside the country where the operators do not have their own networks and provide services using a partner’s infrastructure.
The competition regulator FAS said that Megafon, VEON’s unit Vimpelcom, and T2 Mobile – a joint venture part-owned by Rostelecom and working under the Tele2 brand, had set and were maintaining monopoly prices for telecoms services in the national roaming.
The tariffs, FAS said in a statement on its website, “significantly exceed” the amount of the operators’ underlying costs and profits needed to provide the service.
FAS will consider the case on Sept. 26-29, the regulator said, adding it would insist on operators lowering prices. russia roaming fees
MTS, Megafon, Vimpelcom and T2 Mobile declined to comment. Source