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Customs Union eyes elimination of roaming

15 July 2014 [15:23] - TODAY.AZ
The agreement, which will cancel the roaming on the territory of the Customs Union (Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia) may be signed in early 2015, chairman of Kazakh Communication and Information Agency Askar Zhumagaliyev told reporters.

"Now we are discussing the agreement that regulates all the issues. Upon approval of this agreement at the end of this year or early next year we will be able to report on how these issues will be resolved," he said.

In turn, Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov noted that the state does not regulate the price of cellular communication, but could pave the way to address this issue by offering mobile operators to sit down at the negotiating table.

"The state should not intervene in such aspects of doing business in a market economy, but it should create prerequisites. History of roaming is just about it. We do not engage in the pricing of roaming, but should urge the communications operators to sit at the negotiating table, to solve problems, which do not allow them to cancel roaming," he said.

The abolition of roaming in the territory of the Customs Union will affect the development of economic relations between these countries, according to Nikiforov.

"We will do everything for it, but a lot depends on the cellular operators. We intend to conduct step by step work in this regard," he said.



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