MTS, “MegaFon” and “VimpelCom” (brand “Beeline”) has opposed the introduction of technology eSim, through which users can use a cellular network without a physical SIM card. It is reported by RBC with reference to three sources in the telecommunication market.

Two sources added that against the eSim was made by the representative of the eighth center of the Federal security service (FSB) of Russia Centre of information protection and special communications. The cause of this reaction on the part of the employee of the Ministry — difficulties with the use of domestic cryptography in this product.

The representative of the Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov has refused detailed comments, only saying that the Cabinet is familiar with the position operators.

Three of the interlocutor of the different operators claim that they are most concerned about the likely increased competition and the subsequent reduction of revenue at the time, as they need to create infrastructure for “Spring law” and other hasinitiated. According to another source, eSim will enable subscribers to easily change operator, which can lead to price wars, which “the operators will lose a significant portion of cash flows”.

The General Director of “TMT Consulting” Konstantin Ankilov considers clear this position of the operators. “For subscribers, it’s convenient, makes it easy to change the provider. And operators it is less interesting, because the market will strongly influence manufacturers of smartphones,” he explained, stressing that operators are unlikely to stop the penetration of this technology.

The user of the device with the eSim is sufficient to download the application from the selected provider or scan this QR code to get the phone number and tariff plan. The technology also allows you to switch instantly between different operators, with the result that there is no physical need to change the card. Currently, eSim works on the iPhone XS, Max XS and XR, the Google Pixel smartphones, tablets, Apple, and Microsoft Surface, as well as in “smart” watches from Apple, Samsung and Huawei.

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