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FAS suspected MTS, MegaFon, Beeline and Tele2 overpricing

FAS verifies mobile operators: the Agency requested the rationale for the formation of roaming prices. As reported in a press-Department service, the main claim — to-MTS and “the Megaphone”.

The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) sent inquiries to cellular operators in connection with the statements about the increase of roaming tariffs, reports TASS with reference to the statement of the head of Department of regulation of communications and information technologies of the FAS Elena Seeway. According to her, Beeline and Tele2 will also receive requests from the Antimonopoly service. If these operators also want to increase prices they will have to justify their actions.

MTS on Monday warned subscribers about increase of the basic tariffs in roaming in 38 countries. Depending on the country’s growth will be from a few percent (for example, in China and Thailand by 13% to RUB 130 per minute), up to several times (in Norway, Sweden and Finland — two times, up to 50 RUB per minute). The operator also increased the cost of selecting the “Bits without borders” by 10%, but expanded the list of the countries where it operates. The representative of MTS Dmitry Solodovnikov explained the change in the price of high cost roaming services.

“MegaFon” has not yet announced the price increase, but the FAS refer to the fact that the operator made statements about such intentions in the press. Response operators will have to provide up to 5 Dec.

MTS has economic causes of changes in the cost of calls, said Dmitry Solodovnikov, commenting on the statement of the FAS. “This is a necessary measure. MTS has created a serious negative margins in some areas and at the current pricing could not continue to operate at a loss. We are ready to provide all necessary information to the FAS after receiving a request,” he said.

Press Secretary of “Beeline” said that the operator has not yet received a request from the FAS. “At the moment we keep the price of Internet and voice roaming at current levels,” she said. The representative of Tele2 Konstantin Prokshin also said that they have not yet received a letter from the FAS and to raise prices for services in roaming “to the end of the year just don’t expect”.

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