Key Statistics and Telecommunications Market - Russia
The Russian telecom market is the largest in Europe, supported by a population of about 143 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. 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. The country has also emerged as one of Europe's fastest growing markets for fibre-based broadband. 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.
Rostelecom completes first stage of JV with Tele2 Russia; Rostelecom appointed the sole universal telecom services provider, considers program to modernize infrastructure at cost of $10 billion over ten years; ER Telecom completes first stage of backbone network; Rostelecom Polarnet cleared to build $2 billion trans-Arctic cable;; regulator's market data to March 2014; telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2014; market developments to mid-2014.