ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION ADVOCACY CONTEST OF THE WORLD BANK – ICN
FAS won with a project on abolishing roaming
The agenda of the Annual Conference of the International Competition Network (ICN) in Cartagena (Columbia) included a special session on discussing the achievement that are recognized winners in 2018-2019 competition advocacy contest of the World Bank – ICN.
Deputy Head of FAS Andrey Tsyganov informed that the measures undertaken by the antimonopoly authority to abolish national and intra-network roaming had helped achieve a tangible economic effect for all Russian consumers: the tariffs for voice messages reduced by up to five times, sms – up to 2.5 times, access to the internet – up to10 times. In spites of the concerns of market participants, FAS registered increased traffic and subscriber base following abolishment of roaming. Therefore, the companies’ revenue not only did not dropt down, but, on the contrary, it increased.
Andrey Tsyganov pointed out that the measures aimed at abolishing roaming, that required several years of intensive work, were designed to combine the efforts of the antimonopoly body, sectoral regulators, local authorities and markets players to create open, non-discriminatory conditions on the market of telecommunications and set fair tariffs for the communications services in roaming. A Working Group was formed to discussed abolishing roaming; it comprised representatives of both business and the regulators.
The roaming abolishing project showed efficiency of combining different measures on competition advocacy, enforcement and legislative initiatives.
Summing up the event outcome, Andrey Tsyganov said: “The special session on discussing the results of the competition advocacy contest of the World Bank – ICN was very useful in terms of exchanging experiences and the best advocacy practices. The winners were able to present their achievements to the international community while participants from foreign competition authorities could ask the questions of interest to them and highlight the issues they face in the course of their competition advocacy practice”.
FAS is the winner for the “Promoting competitive digital infrastructure, digital platforms and digital finance” theme with the project on “Abolishing national and intra-network roaming”.
Russian competition authority shared the win in this nomination with Mexico’s Commission on Economic Competition.
Other contest winners are Zambia – in the theme on “Understanding the effects of competition policy on poverty and inequality in both developing and developed countries”, Latvia and Peru – for the theme on “Promoting competition as a tool to the fight against corruption and for an equal playing field among public and private players”, and Germany for the theme on “Engaging with public and private stakeholders to better grasp competition challenges posed by fast changing market dynamics”