Russia’s three leading telecom operators have failed to have their OTT services included in a ‘pre-installed’ list on foreign produced smart TVs and smartphones.
ComNews> reports that the government has published a list of services that vendors have to pre-install from April 1 this year.
It includes Wink, which is owned by Rostelecom; ivi; okko; National Media Group’s More.tv; and Gazprom Media’s Premier but excludes, among others, Megogo, VimpelCom’s Beeline TV, Megafon, MTS TV, Tricolor Cinema and TV Online.
While the regulator oversees pre-installation on smart TVs, the Ministry of Digital Science is responsible for pre-installation on smartphones.
Legislation on the pre-installation of Russian services on smartphones, tablets and smart TVs was signed off by President Putin at the end of 2019.