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Thursday, March 22, 2018

The government has denied plans to ban phone calls from Skype

The communications Ministry denied the information about the upcoming ban customers popular IP services like Viber, WhatsApp, Skype, to make calls to mobile and landline numbers. “The existing order, including those associated with the billing of such a link does not change,” said officials.

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Cheese-pine forest has inflamed after on the portal regulation.gov.ru the changes were published in a government decree N161 of 28 March 2005 “On approval of rules of connection of networks of telecommunication and their interaction”. This document defines the procedure of work of various operators in telephone communication networks.

As explained in the Ministry of communications some provisions of the document were outdated and required clarification. For example, alignment of the cost to complete the call between mobile networks and fixed networks.

The fact that the tariffs of fixed-line operators occupying a substantial position in public telecommunication networks, are regulated by the state; the tariffs of cellular operators are set by private companies. Therefore, for the same service call termination on its network fixed line operators are forced to take charge, set by the state, while the other is free to set the fee yourself, and it is higher than the state rate. Now hostref — 80 cents, commercial operators are taking about 95 cents. That’s the price of a draft resolution and evens.

In addition, the project document sets forth the additional transmission routes of international and long-distance voice traffic, bypassing the zonal level.

Russia has a separation of the fixed telephone network of General use on three levels in accordance with the terms of licenses: local, zonal, interurban and international level communication. – said “MK” representative of one of the operators Robert Sokolov. For traffic (the passage of the call through each of these levels, you must pay the relevant operator. If we exclude from routing the traffic zonal level and allow local operators to join immediately to long-distance and international networks, this will allow them to save money”.

Now connection through a zonal level is required, and local operators cannot avoid these payments.

“In fact, the draft decree aims to simplify passing traffic and reduce costs for small operators of fixed telephony. – added the official representative of the Ministry of communications Dmitry Zakharov. – It does not change the existing regulation in relation to operators of IP-telephony”.

As you know, now popular IP services offer an opportunity in outside calls — to fixed and mobile numbers. These calls are free, while calls and short messages within the system remain free of charge. As before, subscribers will make calls to fixed or mobile phones, as the IP services for voice transmission will be able to join local, zonal and other networks. No bans on this account is not going to enter.

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