Broadband Market Insights, Analysis and Forecasts - Russia
Growth in the fixed-line broadband sector began to stall in 2013 in response to higher penetration. Nevertheless, incumbent and alternative telcos continue to upgrade infrastructure as part of a general trend for bundled services. Much of the copper network is of poor quality, while there remains considerable need to invest in infrastructure covering a large number of regional towns which still lack mobile or internet services. A range of platforms have been deployed for broadband, including xDSL, cable and FttP/FttB. Wireless solutions such as WiFi and WiMAX garnered much interest initially, though one of the main players, Scartel (operating under the Yota brand) abandoned WiMAX in favour of an Long-term Evolution (LTE) solution.
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 maturing broadband market, providing an overview of major players, technology platforms, statistics and broadband subscriber forecasts for 2010-2013 and 2020.
Moscow City Telephone Network reports having 700,000 on its GPON network; 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; Moscow Metro tenders for WiFi contract across its network; Aeroflot extends in-flight WiFi service; fibre representing 40% of Rostelecom's total broadband subscriber base; 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 market data to March 2014; telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2014; market developments to mid-2014.
Companies covered in this report include:
Synterra Telecom, Comstar, Volga Telecom, VimpelCom, Summa Telecom, MetroMAX, Comstar, Yota, Virgin Connect, Enforta, Golden Telecom.