FAS IS ANALYSING CHANGES IN THE COSTS OF COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
All communications providers gave answers to an enquiry from the antimonopoly service on time
On 16 January 2020, due to information in mass media about the plans of communications providers to increase prices for communications services as well as following complaints from the population, FAS sent an enquiry to “MegaFon” PJSC, “MTS” PJSC, “VympelCom” PJSC and “T2 Mobile” Ltd.
By 30 January 2020, operators must submit justification of increasing the costs of communications services from 1 January 2020.
According to the request, communications providers must give information about their tariff plans in the territory of the Russian Federation, based on which providers intend to increase the costs of communications services from 1 January 2020, with breakdown of the tariff plans by regions, specifying whether a tariff plan is “archived” or available for connection, as well as price changes (price “before and after”), changes in the content of tariff plans (packages with additional minutes/SMS /Gb), and the number of subscribers on each tariff plan, for which changes take place.
All communications providers gave answers to an enquiry of the antimonopoly service on time. Over 4000 tariff plans are being analyzed. FAS will complete verifying conformity to the antimonopoly law as soon as possible”, informed Deputy Head of FAS Anatoly Golomolzin.
“FAS also received a lot of statements from individuals that on 30 January 2020 the following options of “MTS” PJSC – “Home package Russia” and “Home package Russia +” – would be cancelled for subscribers travelling to Crimea and Sebastopol and they must connect the “Easy vacations” option”.
Regarding the enquiry from the antimonopoly body, “MTS” PJSC informed FAS that the company had planned to abolish tariff options but changed its decision. Options are still valid for all subscribers of “MTS” PJSC who arrive to Crimea”, added Deputy Head of FAS.
The relevant information is published on the official web-site of “MTS” PJSC. In the “Additional information” section it is specified that “Home package Russia” and “Home package Russia +” are still valid when registered in networks of other operators in Crimea and Sebastopol: if the option is connected, the packages of calls, internet use, SMS, included in the tariff, are fully valid.