27 May 2019 15:21

EEC should work on cancellation of roaming, implementation of 5G - Medvedev

GORKI. May 27 (Interfax) - Russia has submitted a draft agreement on unified tariffs for telecoms services within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), and is also hoping for increased efforts to implement 5G in EAEU member states, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a meeting with deputy prime ministers.

"We must arrive at a unified standard of services, including the cancellation of intra-network roaming. It's also necessary to prepare to a transition to fifth-generation telecoms services - this is a large-scale, expensive serious project, but we must prepare for it, we have already commenced this work here" he said.

"We must think about 5G networks operating in the format of the EAEU," he said.

The Russian side has intensified work within the EAEU on cancellation of roaming charges between the five member states - Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov said.

"As per your instructions, we have intensified work on a step-by-step cancellation of roaming between EAEU member states," Akimov said.

"This is, or course, a lengthy process. First and foremost, we must concern ourselves with the quality of the services as well as preservation of the interests of Russian mobile operators. The first step on the path will be the adoption of an agreement on the creation of a unified tariff zone for calling. This is the first step, the draft document has been submitted by Russia, is being worked on within the EEC, and we are hoping that we will be able to agree upon the document this year, in order to sign it as promptly as possible," the deputy prime minister said.