The Russian telecom market is the largest in Europe, given the size of the country’s population. The market is dominated by the western regions where the main cities – and wealth – is concentrated. All sectors have been liberalised, with competition most prevalent in Moscow. The former holding company for Russia’s incumbent telecom operators, Svyazinvest, has emerged as Rostelecom, with most regional players absorbed into the operator having rebranded their services since 2012. Network developments are underway with incumbent and alternative operators deploying and modernising fixed-line network infrastructure to offer broadband and a range of IP-based services. This report provides a concise overview of Russia’s fixed-line telecommunications and IT market. It includes key regulatory developments, information on fixed-line networks, and telcos’ financial and operating data and strategies.
ER Telecom completes first stage of backbone network; Rostelecom considers program to modernize infrastructure at cost of US$10 billion over ten years; Polarnet cleared to build US2 billion trans-Arctic cable; telecom sector investment grows 7% in 2011; government plans to sell stake in Rostelecom by 2014; regulator’s market data to September 2012; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2013; market developments to May 2013.
Companies covered in this report include:
TransTeleCom, VimpelCom, ER-Telecom, MTS, Rostelecom, PeterStar.