8 Sep 2017 12:52

FAS intends to settle roaming issue by end-year - Artemyev

ST. PETERSBURG. Sept 8 (Interfax) - Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) intends to solve the problem of intra-network and national roaming charges by the end of 2017, FAS Chief Igor Artemyev told journalists.

"We are working with our [operators] with respect and we will continue to work until December. In December they will be required to drop the practice [intra-network roaming charge]," he said.

He said that work regarding national roaming also plans to be completed by the end of the year. "So of course, there won't be complete success, but 90% is how it should be. Otherwise, we will apply the toughest penalties we have," Artemyev said.

The biggest penalty is a fine of 1%-15% of the company's annual turnover.