The economic development Ministry has proposed to compensate the operators, the cost of “the law Spring”

The economic development Ministry has proposed to compensate the operators, the cost of “the law Spring”

Moscow. 7 Feb. The Deputy head of the RF Ministry of economic development Nikolai Podguzov offered to compensate the operators the costs for the implementation of the so-called “law of Spring” from the Fund of universal communication services. It is reported on Tuesday the newspaper “Vedomosti” with reference to the letter of the official of the government apparatus.

The document was prepared for the meeting on the question of improving the system of provision of universal Telecom services to be held this week.

The Fund for universal Telecom services is formed from the contributions of all Russian operators are on the way to 1.2% of revenue from telecommunications services. The money of the PJSC “Rostelecom” is funding a project to eliminate digital inequality, including building communication lines and access points in sparsely populated regions. The project is underfunded for a long time and was implemented at the expense of “Rostelecom”. In particular, in 2016 the operator did not get from the universal service Fund about 7 billion rubles out of a planned 14.8 billion rubles.

Support operators “taking into account the need to prevent the growth of tariffs for communications services above the level of inflation” in the implementation of anti-terrorist amendments spelled out in the closed part of the President’s instructions, write “Vedomosti”. Orders were given in the summer of 2016, after the signing of the “Spring law”, according to their open part, the FSB and the government by 1 November had to prepare the projects of normative-legal acts, aimed at minimizing the possible risks from implementation of the amendments.

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Anti-terrorist amendments require operators to store text messages, voice information, images, sounds, video, and other electronic messages for a period of six months. Operators will also need to store information about the facts of reception, transmission, delivery calls and messages (so-called metadata) for three years.

The rate of storage of user traffic shall enter into force from 1 July 2018. Operators still have not made a final decision on how to implement the law. It is expected that in February the issue will be solved jointly with the Ministry of communications.

According to the estimates of the Ministry, one-time capital costs of operators on the implementation of the law with proposals to mitigate the rules of law can amount to 100 billion roubles to all, previously the costs were estimated at 5 trillion rubles. The mitigation of the law implies the reduction of storing redundant information (video content, etc.) for operators and Internet companies 10 times and step input of the storage period.

According to estimates MegaFon, the cost of implementing the standards will be 938 billion rubles, which exceeds the annual revenue of the company about 3 times. VimpelCom estimated the cost of implementation of the law, taking into account current requirements in the area of 1 trillion rubles. Without mitigation requirements of the MTS estimated its costs together with MGTS in the area of 1.7 trillion rubles.