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Russia starts installing equipment 'On a sovereign internet'

Christian Fernsby |
Russia’s federal communications censorship agency, Roskomnadzor, has begun installing equipment to implement the law “On a sovereign internet”, which will come into force partially on November 1 this year and completely in 2021.

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Devices to “block network security threats” are currently being installed on the networks of the primary telecommunications operators, Roskomnadzor head Aleksandr Zharov told the TASS news agency.

Testing will start at the end of September and continue for several weeks, involving all major mobile operators.

“We will test it, as we have always said, carefully… that is, we will initially conduct a technical assessment, does it influence the traffic, does it not influence the traffic, do all services work properly,” Zharov explained.

Then testing will begin “in combat mode,” the executive noted.

A “sovereign internet”, which the Russian government claims is necessary due to the threat of being disconnected from the global internet, will be tested in one of Russia’s regions until the end of October.

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