MOSCOW, March 5 (RAPSI) - The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has launched a case against two Russian top mobile operators MTS and MegaFon over failure to remedy roaming violations, according to the watchdog’s statement published on its website on Monday.

The watchdog found during a check that reports concerning cancelling the intra-network roaming submitted by the companies failed to meet the requirements of its warnings. In particular, FAS revealed that the national long-distance call cost offered by MTS, MegaFon and Beeline was exorbitant, as well as introducing an everyday payment for customers staying outside their home region, the statement reads.

On July 14, 2017, the watchdog issued warnings to MTS, MegaFon, VimpelCom (Beeline brand) and T2 Mobile (Tele2 brand). FAS announced that the operators’ actions may have violated the competition law by setting different prices for mobile phone service in customer’s home region and in roaming on the territory of Russia.

In late July 2017, the watchdog opened antimonopoly cases against the companies over alleged violation of competition legislation. At that time, all four mobile operators expressed readiness to enforce the warning.

In December, the watchdog found that Tele2 offers satisfied the order’s requirements. Evaluation of VimpelCom offers is underway.