Russia - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
The Russian telecom market is the largest in Europe, supported by a population of about 147 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. 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, and 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 10Mb/s broadband service to thousands of underserved villages, with Rostelecom as the contracted telco 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 30 million premises by December 2015.
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. However, this is expected to pick up in line with overall economic growth during the next few years.
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 the telcos' financial and operating data and strategies.
Rostelecom merges with Tele2 Russia, extends LTE services; 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 2015, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.