Date: 6 months ago   Category: IT & Media

The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has refused transfer of subscribers to SIM cards with the enciphering approved by FSB — Rambler News Service


Photo: TASS / Vladimir Astapkovich the Ministry of digital development, communication and mass communications has stopped development of the order on obligatory transition of mobile operators to SIM cards with use of the means of cryptographic protection certified by FSB the federal official has reported to RNS and has confirmed the source close to one of mobile network operators. "The order of the ministry under which operators had to pass to the Russian SIM cards is repealed. As have shown the made calculations, in Russia 260 million SIM cards are used. Now with a natural way in a year from 30 to 50 million are replaced. That is in 6-7 years there is a full replacement. The order demanded them to change each 15 months" — the federal official has reported to RNS. He has specified that at prime cost of each certified SIM card in 30 cents producers called purchase price in $5. "According to the order in a year 200 million SIM cards had to change. That is there was a business for $1 billion" — I have noted a source, having emphasized that transfer of all subscribers of mobile operators to SIM cards with domestic cryptography so far wasn't tested anywhere. The source close to one of mobile operators has reported that the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has refused the order after change of team in the ministry of digital development. In May Konstantin Noskov has been appointed the new head of department, the ministry was left by five deputy ministers, including Dmitry Alkhazov supervising questions of communication. "The management, there a few other views of this problem has exchanged. I think that they will conduct at first negotiations with FSB" — I have reported RNS source. He hasn't excluded that in the future the similar order nevertheless will be adopted. "I think that he will be anyway accepted, a question — when. Already did a delay till December, 2019. The second question — what circle of people this bill will concern. But until the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has suspended development" — the employee of one of mobile operators summarized. "There was a full replacement of people who were engaged in communication. The new team has heard criticism of operators and has repealed the order. Actually, cancellation has happened when the team supervising communication was replaced" — the federal official has confirmed. After change of team questions of telecommunications in Minkosmsvyaz are supervised by the deputy minister Oleg Ivanov. He hasn't answered calls and messages of the correspondent of RNS. The press service of the ministry has refused comments. In March of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has published the draft of the order with the offer to transfer the Russian subscribers to SIM cards with use of the means of cryptographic protection certified by FSB. In August on the project a response of the Ministry of Economic Development in which department has reported about possible "freezing" of technological development of branch in case of adoption of the document in the current edition and has suggested to determine a transition period of a n new SIM cards for a period of at least two years from the moment of publication of the order has arrived. Also the Ministry of Economic Development recommended to decide what circle of people needs to use SIM cards with various extents of cryptographic protection. "You

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