Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of the Russian Federation developed the concept of a list of applicationsthat will be installed smartphones and other devices intended for sale in our country.
Let me remind you that the corresponding law was signed in December 2019, and it will enter into force in several stages, the first of which is scheduled for July 1, 2020. The law will oblige manufacturers to preinstall Russian applications on smartphones and other devices intended for sale in Russia.
This year, the pre-installation of Russian software will become mandatory for smartphones, from 2021 – for tablets, from 2022 – for computers, from 2023 – for smart-TV and set-top boxes.
At the FAS workshop this week, a document was presented that governs what equipment, how and when the pre-installation mode of Russian software should be provided. The workshop was attended by representatives of the FAS, Rospotrebnadzor, telecom operators, various associations, as well as software companies.
Anatoly Golomolzin, deputy head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service, explained that the preliminary version is as follows: applications such as antiviruses, navigators, search engines, access programs for public services and payment systems can be preinstalled on smartphones and tablets. Similar programs, with the exception of the payment system, will be installed on tablets. On tablets, computers and smart-TV, the ability to install audio-visual service programs, as well as view the programs of the first and second multiplex (providing the broadcast of 20 mandatory public channels) should be provided.
It is expected that the draft resolution will be completed before the end of January, and the introduction of the finished document into the cabinet is scheduled for March 2020.
The representative of the Association of trading companies and manufacturers of electrical and computer equipment Anton Guskov, who attended the meeting, told reporters RBCthat there will be no list of specific applications (specific developers), as this would violate the competition law. The document will indicate only the type of software and requirements for the developer. That is, which application to choose, the manufacturer will decide for himself. The main thing is to observe the following criteria: the right to software belongs to a Russian person; Software is sold in Russia; over the past five years, the developer has not violated the law on personal data.