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Serbia, Russia to work on scrapping roaming fees

Author Radomir Ralev
Serbia, Russia to work on scrapping roaming fees License: Creative Commons CC0

BELGRADE (Serbia), April 22 (SeeNews) - Serbia's telecommunications regulator Ratel and Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) plan to start work on the abolishment of roaming fees between the two countries, FAS said on Monday. 

Ratel and FAS have agreed to exchange information on rules for non-discriminatory access to telecommunications and postal services as well as to start joint work on the scrapping of roaming fees between Russia and Serbia, the Russian anti-trust authority said in a statement. 

The agreement was reached during a meeting of the deputy director of FAS, Anatoliy Golomolzin, and the head of Ratel, Vladica Tintor, in Belgrade, FAS said.

Earlier this month, the countries of the Western Balkans signed an agreement to abolish roaming fees in 2021. Under the agreement, a transition period will start on July 1, 2019 when the roaming fees for calls between Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and North Macedonia will be lowered by 27%, while for Albania the reduction will be 85%.