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Possible reduction of mobile tariffs in roaming between EAEU countries discussed in the EEC

Possible reduction of mobile tariffs in roaming between EAEU countries discussed in the EEC

11/8/2019

On November 5, a consultation was held at the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) headquarters to discuss the possibility of reducing fees for mobile services in roaming on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Member States. The event was attended by the representatives of mobile operators of the five countries, ministries and departments in charge of communications and information technology, and antitrust authorities of the participating countries.


This event has become the first one in a series of kick-off consultations to exchange views on the possibilities of reducing roaming tariffs between the EAEU participating countries. The discussion of this issue at the Commission’s venue was started upon the initiative on the feasibility of considering issues and developing the necessary measures for a phased reduction of roaming payments, voiced by Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on October 25 this year at the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

 
According to mobile network operators, it takes a number of steps to resolve issues of lowering roaming charges. In particular, it is necessary to liberalize the inter-operator interaction of the EAEU countries, to minimize the risks associated with cases of fraud and traffic substitution, and to reduce the cost of interconnect services.

 

The experts also exchanged views on the possibilities of using the experience of the European Union in canceling roaming payments.


For reference


Interconnect System
 is a system of inter-operator relations that determines the conditions and amount of mutual settlements between operators for the traffic provided by them.


Fraud means the use of mobile services without proper payment.