Broadband has grown rapidly in recent years as incumbent and alternative telecom operators upgrade infrastructure as part of a general trend of migrating beyond voice-centric offerings to voice, broadband and convergence services. The relatively poor quality or lack of existing infrastructure has resulted in a variety of technology platforms deployed for broadband including xDSL, cable and FttH/FttB. Wireless solutions such as WiFi and WiMAX garnered much interest initially, though one of the main players Yota is abandoning WiMAX in favour of long-term evolution. The cooperation of three major mobile network operators and Rostelecom to deploy long-term evolution on Yota’s infrastructure will be a catalyst for significant mobile broadband uptake in coming years
Broadband diffusion is providing the basis on which a promising internet society is emerging, with much potential for future commercial, government and social services. This report offers a concise overview of Russia’s rapidly developing broadband market, providing an overview of major players, technology platforms, statistics and broadband subscriber forecasts for 2010-2013 and 2020.
MTS migrates DSL subscribers in Moscow to GPON; MTS and VimpelCom invest RUB2 billion on 4,500km fibre infrastructure; MegaFon collaborates with utility EuroSibEnergo, using power lines for fibre-optic network in Siberia; regulator announces regional WiMAX licensees; government approves RUB3.1 billion investment for satellite broadband in remote areas; mobile internet subscriber base reaches 63.5 million; STV and Tricolor TV withdraw from broadband market; regulator’s 2011 market data; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2012; market developments into 2012.
Companies covered in this report include:
Synterra Telecom, Comstar, Volga Telecom, VimpelCom, Summa Telecom, MetroMAX, Comstar, Yota, Virgin Connect, Enforta, Golden Telecom.