The Ministry of Digital Transformation instructed Russian mobile operators to start disconnecting corporate subscribers from the public sector from communication services due to violations of the law on gray SIM cards.
According to the provisions of this law, corporate subscribers had to enter information about the end users of SIM cards into the Unified Identification and Authentication System (ESIA) of the public services portal by December 2021.
Operators that do not turn off state customers face fines of up to 200 thousand rubles. At the same time, lawyers warn that unilateral termination of the contract would be a violation of the public procurement law.
Last year, MegaFon provided communications under state contracts to 1.3 thousand subscribers in the amount of more than 4 billion rubles. Vimpelcom last year signed 526 state contracts for 1.3 billion rubles, Tele2 — 166 contracts for 42.5 million rubles.
MTS reported that the company complies with the law: “The bulk of our B2B and B2G subscribers have passed the verification procedure, some of the subscribers have been blocked.” MegaFon, VimpelCom and Tele2 declined to comment.