Big business lobbyists are going to limit Skype in Russia


Big business lobbyists are going to limit Skype in Russia

The growth of Skype’s population which is a well-known IP telephony service, in Russian can be restricted. The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) is going to prepare amendments administering this market section’s functioning. Also, it is claimed that the restrictions are meant to protect Russian mobile network operators’ business.

On the 21st of July, the RUIE commission of the telecommunication and informational technologies talked about IP telephony business. Some mobile network companies suppose, for instance, that voice calls via Skype can’t be tapped by the secret services.

The RUIE press release dealing with the verdicts of the commission council supposes that by 2012 40% of the traffic “will be occupied with IP telephony which can’t be controlled by the government. This will inevitably provoke anxiety over safetyissues”. The release also states that “most of Russian telecommunication market is occupied by foreign-based companies such as ICQ and Skype. That’s why Russian IT brands’ interests should be protected”.

What’s more, the RUIE announcement points out that now none of the 182 countries controls the IP telephony market this way. Still, finally the participants of the meeting concluded that, at any rate, the Russian business and, also the state itself have to “make terms” with this service.

As a rule, mobile network operators are against the IP telephony because these programs let users pay much less than while using standard mobile services. Vitaliy Kotov, the chief vice-president of the company “TransTeleCom”, says that the IP telephony services cost 1,5-2 times less than the standard mobile operators do. And at the same time some IP telephony services are absolutely free.

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