The state will fight with free mobile conversations

24 October 2012 10:47  5823140 023677
The state will fight with free mobile conversations

National commission that carries out state regulation in the field of communication and information (NCRCI), drafted a bill "On the definition and market analysis of services in the field of electronic communications."

This was informed by the "Kommersant-Ukraine".

The bill describes the basic mechanisms of regulation of operators with significant market share (SMP).

As the newspaper writes, the most significant changes proposed in the bill concern retail markets - mobile communication, wire telephony and Internet access. SMP-operators working on such markets will be required to inform NCRCI about all tariff changes. And if the regulator finds new tariffs unfounded, they may prohibit their introduction.

The NCRCI did not name the operators, which the new rules may be applied to.

"The first step is to analyze the market" - says the committee member Lyudmila Yezhova.

But, according to the law "On Telecommunications", SMP-operator can be considered a company whose share in market income exceeds 25%.

These include Kyivstar - its revenue from mobile services in 2011 was about 12 billion hryvnias, or about 40% of the market, MTS-Ukraine - with revenue of 9.1 billion hryvnias (about 30% market share) and Ukrtelecom (share of revenues from local telephony services in 2011 was 73%). However, tariffs for local telephony services now are already regulated by the state.

The purpose of the bill is fighting not with too high, but with low fares, says a source in NCRCI. This is about a free on-net calls (free calls between subscribers of one operator) that the regulator has long called "harmful to competition practice."

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