Russian long-distance telephone provider Rostelecom has signed an agreement with the compatriot universal bank VTB to create a system for issuing electronic signature certificates to the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media.
"VTB and Rostelecom are creating a unified digital signing platform in the e-government infrastructure based on domestic software and equipment, as well as a certified hardware and software solution for remote issuance, management, and application of electronic digital signature certificates, including on mobile devices," said a joint press release.
The signing platform will provide citizens with an electronic signature certificate free of charge and the services for signing, managing, and storing electronic documents for the entire market according to uniform standards.
It will also provide citizens with the opportunity to receive more digital government and commercial services by increasing the availability of digital signatures. "The platform will provide legal entities and government agencies with the opportunity for seamless digital interaction with the formation of legally significant documents, their processing, and storage in a single archive," the release added.
Mikhail Oseevsky, Rostelecom President said: “The Single Digital Signing Platform is designed to create technical conditions for legally significant document flow and increase the level of trust between all participants in the process, it will allow people to remotely create and sign a wide variety of documents - sales contracts, personnel documents, powers of attorney and others."
Mikhail added: "The urgency of this task has increased significantly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will continue to be important after it. Our platform will help users to sign electronically almost anywhere in the world where there is Internet access, enabling them to save time on travel, reduce paper consumption and ensure the reliable safety of digital documents.”