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Russian authorities plan to reduce domestic Internet traffic routed through foreign servers

Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media and the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation introduced the amendments to the “Digital Economy” national project, which imply stricter information security requirements, to the government and outline additional spheres of digital economy development. According to the draft, the share of domestic Internet traffic routed through foreign servers should not exceed 5% of the total traffic volume by 2024.

The project presupposes a 200% increase of domestic spending on the development of digital economy, as compared to 2017. The document also envisages the creation and maintenance of a stable and secure telecom infrastructure for high-speed data transmission, processing and storage. State bodies will have to switch to domestic software as well.

Whereas in the previous version of the national programme the permissible share of the Internet traffic routed through foreign servers was set at 10% level, the latest revision reduced it by half to just 5%.

According to the document, five areas of implementation of the state programme will be supplemented by yet another three ones, namely, “Digital Public Administrtion”, “Digital Economy Project Support Ecosystem” and “EAEU Digital Space”. These new aspects are aimed at the adoption of digital technologies and platform solutions by public administration and public service providers, the establishment of innovative projects financing system and the development and implementation of coordinated EAEU policy in the field of digital economy.

The draft also envisages digital transformation in various sectors of the economy, such as health care, construction, education, farming and public transportation. Each of these spheres of development will be supervised by related line ministries.

The Ministry has already introduced the new draft of the national “Digital Economy” programme to the government, as reported by the representatives of the Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov.

Last month, the government increased the powers of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media and the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications (Roscomnadzor) in the sphere of digital economy. Roscomnadzor will be renamed “Federal Service for Supervision of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media”. At the same time, the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media is now responsible for digitalization of public services, national corporations and funds, and will be involved in the creation of a unified digital ecosystem within EAEU and CIS spaces and interaction with the international community.