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The head of the Ministry of Communications urged to raise prices for 4G
The head of the Ministry of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov called for higher tariffs for mobile services in Russia and suggested that operators use the launch of LTE networks to raise prices. About this Nikiforov told a meeting of the committee on telecommunications and information technologies RSPP Thursday.
“I guess I’m like the minister should not say this, but I believe that it should cost more. Faster communication, these are premium segments of subscribers “, – quotes Nikiforov” Interfax “.
He said that he was talking about the possibility of raising rates when running 4G network operators to the “big three” and others, but tariff principles have not changed. “Someone may be able to play it, but I think that in general, no. And as a result of mutual competition, I think the prices have already gone through the floor, “- said the head of the Ministry of Communications.
In his “tweet” on Friday morning Nikiforov wrote that the price of cellular services are not regulated and determined by the market and competition. Telecom operators “are not going to raise the price and not raise them,” said Nikiforov. According to him, the operators “would be able to build a 4G network across Russia faster” if during the startup phase of 4G networks in 2012, began to take an extra fee for this new service. “But thanks to price competition on the link in Russia has not increased, but also continue to decline slightly each year,” – he concluded.
In Moscow, the first LTE service operators have begun to “Megaphone” and “Skartel” (in 2013, was acquired “MegaFon”). In September 2012, MTS launched its LTE network in December – “Beeline”. MTS stated that in the next 2-3 years, the company will reduce capex, as fourth-generation network virtually rebuilt, and new investments may be needed every 5-8 years for the introduction of the fifth generation network infrastructure.
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