ANATOLY GOLOMOLZIN: COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE TARIFFS WILL GO DOWN WITH A TRANSITION TO DIGITAL BROADCASTING
Deputy Head of FAS attended a workshop on the current state and trends in TV broadcasting in Russia
On 30 October 2018, the Federation Council discussed problems emerging in the course of a transition to digital over-the-air broadcasting. Considerable attention was also paid to modernizing broadcasting by regional TV-channels.
Attendees included representations of the regional authorities, the Ministry for Digital Broadcasting, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, Russian TV and Radio-Broadcasting Network, regional TV and satellite companies.
Anatoly Golomolzin pointed out that “transition to digital TV-broadcasting will considerably improve the quality and diversity of TV- and radio-broadcasting services for the subscribers. Attention should be paid to three features:
First, digital translation is a more efficient signal transmission method in comparison with analogue broadcasting. A transition to digital broadcasting leads to a significant, many-fold decrease of the tariffs for communications services on signal transmission. At the moment, we have 100 % tariffs for test digital broadcasting. Tariffs are also set for analogue broadcasting. Parallel broadcasting would mean irrational system performance in general”, highlighted Deputy Head of FAS.
The second aspect emphasized by Deputy Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service is we cannot allow terminating broadcasting of regional and municipal broadcasters.
“If analogue broadcasting is terminated and conditions are not created for regional broadcaster to work in the digital format, they will be forced to either migrate to a different broadcasting environment (cable, satellite – under contracts with communications operators), or terminate economic activities (if generate a few hours of TV-material that earlier were inserted in a TV-channel line-up or the payment to cable or satellite operators for cutting in the line-up is too high”, explained Anatoly Golomolzin.
In this context, he pointed out that “terminating broadcasting by regional or municipal broadcasters is unacceptable since it can restrict competition on the broadcasting market”.
The third aspect outline by Deputy Head of FAS concerns supplying receiving equipment to the population.
“The Ministry of Communications suggests solving the issues of available receiving equipment in remote settlements by including four positions of receiving satellite equipment in the products sold by “Russian Post”. Obviously, it cannot be the only sales channel. It is essential to consider all aspects of installing, tuning, warranty replacement and servicing such equipment”, said Anatoly Golomolzin.
The workshop paid special attention to the attitude of the population to the novelties.
“It is very important. If an operator is ready to offer services but the population is not ready due to technical, economic or other reasons, it can create tension on the markets and in the society”, stated Deputy Head of FAS.