Russian mobile carriers MTS, MegaFon and Beeline will have to abandon their federal licenses for providing 3G in order to avoid sanctions because of their work in the Crimea.
This was reported by RBC referencing sources close to Roskomnadzor (Russian controlling service over telecommunications – RRT).
The companies’ federal licenses for 3G expire in 2017. In order to extend them the carriers will have to provide communication services in the Crimea. The current licenses were issued in 2007, before the Crimea was annexed.
On February 2 Roskomnadzor holds a meeting with representatives of the carriers to discuss the issue of licenses renewal.
As representative of MTS Dmitry Solodovnikov explained to RBC, the main objective of the company is to keep providing the service for their clients as smartphones with 3G are the most popular way of accessing the Internet.