Small telecom operators will not be able to install technical means for

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Moscow. June 15th. INTERFAX.RU – The State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications at a meeting on Tuesday approved for the second reading an amendment to the law “On Communications”, according to which small operators will not be able to install technical means of countering threats (TSPU) on their networks under the law on “sovereign runet”.

According to the text of the approved changes, RTPs will have to be installed “on communication facilities that provide the ability to transfer data to user equipment at a rate of more than 10 gigabits per second.”

As the co-author of the amendments, the head of the Committee on Information Policy Alexander Khinshtein explained to Interfax, there are currently much more nodes with low bandwidth than nodes with large capacity, while their aggregate traffic does not exceed 5% of the total.

“The installation of a TSPU at each of them is not economically feasible. This norm will affect mainly small telecom operators, for such operators there will be a procedure for passing traffic through TSPU installed at large communication centers of the higher telecom operators to which they are connected,” Khinshtein said. …

The amendment was introduced to the second reading of the bill on free access to socially significant websites (1087071-7) by Khinshtein and his deputies Sergei Boyarsky and Maxim Kudryavtsev.

A package of amendments to the laws “On Communications” and “On Information”, which presupposes ensuring the integrity, stability and security of the Internet in Russia in the event of external threats (the so-called “Law on a Sustainable / Sovereign Runet”), entered into force on November 1, 2019.

The document, in particular, stipulates that telecom operators are obliged to install technical means of countering threats on their networks.

According to the law, in cases of threats to the functioning of the Internet on the territory of the Russian Federation, Roskomnadzor can carry out centralized traffic management in accordance with the procedure approved by the government of the Russian Federation.

Market participants have repeatedly stated that the installation of a TSPU may be financially overwhelming for operators.

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