Russia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Russia’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- January 2018 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Russia’s fibre broadband sector showing continuing strong growth

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 late 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, while there is also an n emphasis on DOCSIS3.1.

The mobile market is also the largest in Europe, with the number of subscriptions having passed 232 million. Several mobile network operators are active, although the market is dominated by four major operators (MTS, VEON, Tele2 Russia/Rostelecom and MegaFon). These have expanded their footprints widely through the acquisition of smaller regional service providers. Mobile SIM card penetration is high, though actual mobile user penetration is lower due to the popularity of multiple SIM card use. The extensive deployment of LTE infrastructure is supporting growth opportunities through mobile broadband and data services, which make up a growing proportion of overall mobile revenue. Investments in LTE-A technologies have further boosted network capabilities, while operators are also partnering with vendors to prepare for 5G.

This report provides an overview of Russia’s fixed-line telecom and IT markets. It includes information on key regulatory developments and on national and international infrastructure, as well as an assessment on telcos’ financial and operating performance. The report also covers the fixed-line and fixed-wireless broadband markets, analysing development in the cable, DSL and fibre segments. In addition the report reviews the mobile market, covering regulatory developments, the major mobile operators including MegaFon, VEON, MTS and Tele2 Russia, as well as technologies and mobile data, content and applications, and a variety of updated financial and operational statistics.

Key developments:

  • Ministry of Communications supporting plans for fibre link between the UK and Japan via Murmansk and Vladivostok;
  • Akado Telecom continues DOCSIS3.1 trials;
  • Rostelecom’s fibre subscriber base broaches 7.9 million by September 2017;
  • MTS and VEON invest RUB2 billion on 4,500km fibre infrastructure;
  • MegaFon collaborates with utility EuroSibEnergo using power lines for fibre-optic network in Siberia;
  • Roaming charges to end by mid-2018;
  • Telenor again scales down shareholding in VEON;
  • Tele2 Russia sets up an MVNE service;
  • MegaFon reports data rates of up to 35Gb/s in 5G trials, deploys CA technology to deliver gigabit LTE-A;
  • MegaFon and Rostelecom cooperate to develop 5G networks;
  • SCRF turns down MNO requests for spectrum to trial 5G technologies;
  • VEON contracts Huawei to trial LTE-A and 5G technologies;
  • Ericsson and MTS sign agreement developing 5G services;
  • Report update includes telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, regulator’s market data to September 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

TransTeleCom, ER-Telecom, MTS, Rostelecom, PeterStar, Synterra Telecom, Comstar, Volga Telecom, VEON (VimpelCom), Summa Telecom, MetroMAX, Comstar, Yota, Virgin Connect, Enforta, Golden Telecom, MegaFon, Tele2 Russia, Skylink, SMARTS Group, Uralsvyazinform.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Market analysis
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Telecommunications Law 2003
    • 3.2 Regulatory authority
    • 3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 3.4 Privatisation
    • 3.5 Interconnection
    • 3.6 Access
    • 3.7 Carrier selection
    • 3.8 Universal Service Obligation
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Svyazinvest
      • 4.2.1 Regional operators
    • 4.3 Rostelecom
    • 4.4 Central Telegraph
    • 4.5 VEON (VimpelCom)
    • 4.6 Multiregional Transit Telecom
    • 4.7 TransTeleCom (TTK)
    • 4.8 PeterStar
    • 4.9 ER-Telecom
    • 4.10 MTS
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 5.1.1 Central Telegraph
      • 5.1.2 MTS
      • 5.1.3 Golden Telecom
      • 5.1.4 PeterStar
      • 5.1.5 Rostelecom
      • 5.1.6 TransTeleCom
      • 5.1.7 ER-Telecom
    • 5.2 International networks
      • 5.2.1 Satellite networks
    • 5.3 Data centres
    • 5.4 Cloud computing
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Regulatory developments
      • 6.1.3 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.4 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 6.3.1 Rostelecom
      • 6.3.2 MTS
      • 6.3.3 VEON
      • 6.3.4 Other providers
    • 6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
    • 6.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.5.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • 6.5.2 Fixed wireless broadband
      • 6.5.3 Wi-Fi
      • 6.5.4 WiMAX
      • 6.5.5 Internet via satellite
  • 7. Mobile communications
    • 7.1 Market analysis
    • 7.2 Mobile statistics
      • 7.2.1 General statistics
      • 7.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 7.2.3 Mobile data
      • 7.2.4 Mobile broadband
    • 7.3 Regulatory issues
      • 7.3.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 7.3.2 3G licences
      • 7.3.3 800MHz spectrum
      • 7.3.4 900MHz spectrum
      • 7.3.5 1800MHz spectrum
      • 7.3.6 2.6GHz spectrum
      • 7.3.7 Roaming
      • 7.3.8 Infrastructure sharing
    • 7.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 7.4.1 Digital networks
      • 7.4.2 Other infrastructure developments (these are examples only)
      • 7.4.3 M2M networks
    • 7.5 Major mobile operators
      • 7.5.1 Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)
      • 7.5.2 VEON (VimpelCom / Beeline)
      • 7.5.3 MegaFon
      • 7.5.4 Tele2 Russia
      • 7.5.5 SMARTS Group
      • 7.5.6 Uralsvyazinform
      • 7.5.7 Rostelecom
      • 7.5.8 VolgaTelecom
      • 7.5.9 Skylink
      • 7.5.10 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 7.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 7.6.1 Introduction
      • 7.6.2 M-commerce
      • 7.6.3 M-payments
      • 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 8 – Rostelecom (pre-merger) financial data – 2008 - 2010
      • 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
      • Table 20 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 21 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Table 22 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2018
      • Table 23 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table 24 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 25 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 26 – Rostelecom fixed broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2017
      • Table 27 – MTS fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 28 – VEON fixed broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 29 – Rostelecom FttX subscribers – 2011 – 2017
      • Table 30 – MGTS GPON subscribers – 2013 – 2017
      • Table 31 – VEON FttB subscribers – 2010 – 2017
      • Table 32 – VEON FttB revenue – 2010 – 2017
      • Table 33 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2011 – 2017
      • Table 34 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 35 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 36 – Mobile subscribers and penetration in Moscow, St Petersburg – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 37 – Mobile market share of subscribers (Russia) – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 38 – Mobile service revenue – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 39 – Mobile VAS market share by operator – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 40 – SMS sent – 2011 - 2018
      • Table 41 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 42 – LTE launch dates by operator
      • Table 43 – MTS mobile financial data (Russia, $) – 2004 - 2012
      • Table 44 – MTS mobile financial data (Russia, RUB) – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 45 – MTS capex (Russia, RUB) – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 46 – MTS operating profit and margin (Russia, RUB) – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 47 – MTS Russia subscribers – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 48 – MTS Russia MOU, churn and annualised ARPU – 2001 - 2015
      • Table 49 – MTS Russia mobile traffic – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 50 – MTS Russia smartphone data traffic – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 51 – MTS Russia annualised VAS – 2004 - 2015
      • Table 52 – MTS Russia annualised VAS revenue by type – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 53 – VEON mobile subscribers (Russia) – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 54 – VEON ARPU and MOU (Russia) – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 55 – VEON mobile financial data (Russia) – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 56 – VEON mobile financial data by type (Russia) – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 57 – MegaFon consolidated financial data – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 58 – MegaFon capex – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 59 – MegaFon mobile revenue – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 60 – MegaFon mobile subscriber data – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 61 – MegaFon base stations in use – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 62 – MegaFon mobile data traffic – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 63 – MegaFon mobile data revenue and subscribers – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 64 – Tele2 financial data (historic) – 2007 - 2012
      • Table 65 – Tele2 subscribers – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 66 – SMARTS Group subscribers – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 67 – SMARTS Group financial data – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 68 – Rostelecom mobile subscribers (historic) – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 69 – Rostelecom mobile revenue (historic) – 2008 - 2014
      • Table 70 – M-commerce revenue – 2011 - 2017
      • 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
      • Chart 8 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 9 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 10 – MTS mobile financial data (Russia, RUB) – 2004 - 2017
      • Chart 11 – MegaFon financial data – 2007 - 2017

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