Russian operators of satellite Internet complain that they face ruin because of the need to provide subscribers free access to socially significant sites. If the proportion of such traffic, not to limit, they will have to raise already high prices for their services. The number of subscribers of such companies does not exceed 126 thousand, but their services are in demand in the regions, which have not yet reached the wired Internet, for example, in Chukotka and in remote areas of Siberia.The introduction of free access to socially significant sites may lead to withdrawal from the market of small operators of satellite Internet, the opinion of General Director of OOO “Billing solution” (renders services under the brand name “Raduga Internet”) Dennis Dianova on the bill of the Ministry of communications published on the regulation.gov.EN.In accordance with the project with access to significant resources will be given to the subscribers identified through a Single system of identification and authentication (ESIA). A list of resources will determine the expert Council under the Ministry of communications. From 1 April to 1 July, is a pilot project to provide free access 391 the website for subscribers of home Internet “Rostelecom”, “ER-Telecom” (brand “Dagi”), MTS, “MegaFon” and “VimpelCom”. The government will distribute requirements and for mobile Internet, will not be there to subsidize the initiative, said the Minister Maksut Shadaev 26 may at the conference “CIPROFLOXACIN at Home.”The proposal does not take into account the business model of satellite operators, which, unlike providers of home Internet and mobile operators that lease resources from the owners of the spacecraft — for example, “Gazprom space systems” and FSUE “Space communications”, follows from the opinion. According to the “Billing solutions” for free access to sites included in the registry have up to 35-40% of the total consumed by the subscribers of satellite Internet. This volume satellite providers will have to pay, it is therefore proposed to limit the amount of free traffic 5-10% or leave free access to the sites from the registry only for unlimited plans.”The growth of prices on satellite Internet always has a bad effect on our subscribers as most of them with low incomes and living in remote corners of the Siberian and far Eastern regions, where poor mobile coverage or requires large expenditures, to lay the land communication channels”,— said Mr. Dianov.The communications Ministry confirmed “Kommersant” that the bill applies to all operators that provide Internet access, but noted that the government may impose additional restrictions — for example, to remove some types of operators.The volume of the market of satellite Internet in Russia by the end of 2019 amounted to 10.5 billion rubles, and the number of subscribers, including corporate, 126 thousand, told “Kommersant” analyst “TMT Consulting” Irina Yakimenko. For comparison, the fixed Internet market, according to the company, in the first quarter reached 33.6 million connections. The largest companies in the satellite segment, according to “TMT Consulting”, is a daughter of Rostelecom’s RTCOMM, AltegroSky, Eutelsat and “Tricolor”. The most popular such solutions in remote areas, for example, the far North, as well as in the private sector in Central Russia, says the managing partner of AC&M Mikhail Alekseev.The largest companies are not too concerned. In RTCOMM stated that they are working within the law and will comply with all regulations of government agencies. In “Tricolor” has not responded to the request.Although satellite segment accounts for an insignificant share in the total volume of the Internet services described in the recall problem exists for all its members, recognizes the CEO of AltegroSky group Sergey Pekhterev. “The price increase in satellite segment is critical, since the cost of service and so several times the cost of wired access,” he explains. So, according to him, only a set of equipment to connect will cost at least 25 thousand rubles., although in recent years the operators are trying to subsidize the cost for the subscriber can begin from 10 thousand rubles on average, according to Mr. pehterev in the satellite segment, the subscriber does not receive more than 10 GB of traffic per 1 thousand rubles, whereas in fixed and mobile networks for this amount you can enjoy unlimited Internet.Julia Silence
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