Russia - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The Russian telecom market is the largest in Europe, supported by a population of about 143.5 million. The market is dominated by the western regions where the main cities and economic centres are concentrated. All sectors have been liberalised, with competition most prevalent in Moscow and St Petersburg. The former holding company for Russia’s incumbent telecom operators, Svyazinvest, has emerged as Rostelecom, with most regional players absorbed into the operator. Rostelecom subsequently merged its mobile business with Tele2 Russia, which launched mobile services in the important Moscow market in October 2015.

Telcos continue to deploy and modernise fixed-line network infrastructure to offer improved broadband services as well as a range of IP-delivered content. The government is investing billions of Rubles in a 200,000km telecom network which will provide a broadband service of at least 10Mb/s to thousands of underserved villages. Rostelecom has been contracted to undertake and manage the work.

Russia has also emerged as one of Europe’s fastest growing markets for fibre-based broadband, with Rostelecom’s own fibre broadband access network covering more than 33 million premises. By the end of 2016 some 60% of the company’s broadband subscribers were on its fibre infrastructure.

Russia’s recent economic woes, partly resulting from the ongoing global financial crisis and partly to difficulties associated with a range of sanctions related to the annexation of Ukraine, have impacted growth in the telecom sector.

This report provides an overview of Russia’s fixed-line telecom and IT markets. It includes information on key regulatory developments, data on fixed-line networks, and an assessment of telcos’ financial and operating performance.

Key developments

Ministry of Communications supporting plans for fibre link between the UK and Japan via Murmansk and Vladivostok; Rostelecom appointed the sole universal telecom services provider, contracted to develop telecom network offering improved services to 13,600 villages; Rostelecom Polarnet builds $2 billion trans-Arctic cable; report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

TransTeleCom, VimpelCom, ER-Telecom, MTS, Rostelecom, PeterStar.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Telecommunications Law 2003
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 5.4 Privatisation
    • 5.5 Interconnection
    • 5.6 Access
    • 5.7 Carrier selection
    • 5.8 Universal Service Obligation
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Svyazinvest
      • 6.2.1 Regional operators
    • 6.3 Rostelecom
    • 6.4 Central Telegraph
    • 6.5 VEON (VimpelCom)
    • 6.6 Multiregional Transit Telecom
    • 6.7 TransTeleCom (TTK)
    • 6.8 PeterStar
    • 6.9 ER-Telecom
    • 6.10 MTS
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Central Telegraph
      • 7.1.2 MTS
      • 7.1.3 Golden Telecom
      • 7.1.4 PeterStar
      • 7.1.5 Rostelecom
      • 7.1.6 TransTeleCom
      • 7.1.7 ER-Telecom
    • 7.2 International networks
      • 7.2.1 Satellite networks
    • 7.3 Data centres
    • 7.4 Cloud computing
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Russia – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Telecom revenue (RUB) – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Rostelecom (post-merger) financial data – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Rostelecom subscriber data – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 11 – VEON Group financial data – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 12 – VEON financial data (Russia) – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 13 – VEON subscribers by sector (Russia) – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 14 – ER-Telecom financial data (RUB) – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 15 – MTS financial data (Russia, $) – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 16 – MTS financial data (Russia, RUB) – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 17 – MTS operational data – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1998 - 2009
  • Table 19 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Rostelecom financial data – 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 2 – Rostelecom subscriber data – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – VEON group financial data – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 4 – VEON financial data (Russia) – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 5 – VEON subscribers by sector (Russia) – 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 6 – MTS financial data (Russia, RUB) – 2011 – 2017
  • Chart 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2002 - 2018

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