Do you live in Russia and use cellular communications? Sorry, but I have bad news for you ...

    Order of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation dated June 30, 2011 No. 164 “On approval of the Methodology for calculating the size of a one-time fee and annual fee for the use of the radio frequency spectrum in the Russian Federation” was registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and was published on the website of the Ministry of Communications.

    What will be the effect of this order when it takes effect (that is, in early 2012)?

    The newspaper Kommersant in today's issue 187 (4728) writesthat mobile operators will pay for the use of the radio spectrum at least 10% or 15% more than now; there is also an assessment of the operators themselves, according to which, since one-time payments will increase, the real price increase will be 40%, and capital costs will grow by almost one and a half billion rubles.

    And if you think that mobile operators will not wish to transfer these new costs and burdens to the shoulders of their own subscribers at least partially, then let me sympathize with your shortsightedness.

    Move, and even certainly carry!

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