Russian operators demanded that Apple remove the restrictions for LTE networks




Sales of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Russia will start September 26, but the functionality will be limited – smart phones do not support LTE networks in some Russian operators due to a software lock Apple. The head of the Ministry of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov asked the American corporation to remove restrictions, not excluding “hard checks’ imports.


New products from Apple, iPhone smart phones and iPhone 6 6 Plus, which was launched on Tuesday, already on September 26 will retail “Megaphone”, “Beeline”, “M.” and “Messenger”, according to Kommersant, citing the company. Operators and retailers has not disclosed the price, but in the online Apple Store iPhone 6 junior model with a display of 4.7 inches and 16 GB of memory costs 31,99 thousand. Rubles. Prices on the iPhone 6 Plus start at 36.99 thousand. Rubles . The functionality of the smart phones that are available on the Russian market is limited. Russia does not have a published on Apple’s website the list of countries where the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will work in networks of LTE. Apple will test the operation of new devices on the network each operator before you remove a software lock LTE, a source familiar with the business Apple.

A similar test was carried out last year, when Russia appeared smartphones iPhone 5s and 5c. In the sale, they received 25 October 2013, network connectivity LTE «Beeline” held in December, and to the networks of LTE «MegaFon” and MTS – in late January. Experts suggest that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earn in LTE networks of all operators of the “big three” from the first day of sales.

According to the results of preliminary testing, the new iPhone will support LTE networks functional “Beeline” since its launch, the representative of “VimpelCom”. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which will sell “MegaFon” will also run in the LTE-network operator, assured in the company. And “VimpelCom” and “Megaphone” have direct contracts with Apple for the purchase of iPhone. At the same time, MTS does not have such an agreement with Apple and iPhone purchases from intermediaries. The operator did not test iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus network LTE, reported in the MTS.

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“We hope that users will not have software to restrict access to the network via the iPhone 4G and competition authority will not have authority to consider the question of violation of the law on protection of competition in terms of discriminatory conditions in the market”, – said the representative of MTS. The representative of the Federal Antimonopoly Service said that this issue has not yet been analyzed.

Other telecom operators, has recently launched a network of LTE, has not yet received permission to connect Apple iPhone. “Tattelecom”, which in July 2014 to launch LTE at 1800 MHz in Tatarstan, twice sent letters to Apple asking open access to LTE on the iPhone, but has not received approval. According to the commercial director of “smarts Kazan” Alexander Korunkova, smartphone makers LG, Nokia, Samsung, HTC “promptly opened the specified range of remotely or sent their experts to conduct the test.” LTE-operator Yota (controlled “MegaFon” and working on his network) has started the sale of SIM-cards in mid-August, but for its LTE network subscribers in the iPhone and iPad, too, is not yet available. The representative of the Yota said that Apple will continue to test the network operator.

Yesterday the head of the Ministry of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov demanded Apple to include support for “a few small LTE networks in Russia.” Otherwise, he pledged to “more stringent checks whether all imported phones support the whole range of networks working here.” Yesterday the site Ministry of Communications published a proposal, according to which all put into circulation on the Russian market of mobile phones should be guaranteed to support the communication and transmission of information in all the networks. A source in the Ministry of Communications said that today’s smartphones chipsets support all existing LTE-ranges and “the question of their inclusion remains on the manufacturer’s conscience.”


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