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Russia - Broadband Market Insights, Analysis and Forecasts

Broadband has grown rapidly in recent years as incumbent and alternative telecom operators upgrade infrastructure as part of a general trend of migrating beyond voice-centric offerings to voice, broadband and convergence services. The relatively poor quality or lack of existing infrastructure has resulted in a variety of technology platforms deployed for broadband including xDSL, cable and FttH/FttB. Wireless solutions such as WiFi and WiMAX garnered much interest initially, though one of the main players Yota is abandoning WiMAX in favour of long-term evolution. The cooperation of three major mobile network operators and Rostelecom to deploy long-term evolution on Yota’s infrastructure will be a catalyst for significant mobile broadband uptake in coming years

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 developing broadband market, providing an overview of major players, technology platforms, statistics and broadband subscriber forecasts for 2010-2013 and 2020.

Key developments:

MTS migrates DSL subscribers in Moscow to GPON; 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; 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 September 2012; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2013; market developments to May 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Synterra Telecom, Comstar, Volga Telecom, VimpelCom, Summa Telecom, MetroMAX, Comstar, Yota, Virgin Connect, Enforta, Golden Telecom.


1. Synopsis
2. Russia’s emerging internet society
3. Regulatory developments
4. Fixed broadband market
4.1 Overview
4.2 Fixed broadband statistics
4.3 Asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL)
4.3.1 Rostelecom
4.3.2 MTS
4.3.3 VimpelCom
4.4 Cable modems
4.5 Fibre-to-the-home (FttH) networks
4.5.1 Golden Telecom
4.5.2 MTS
4.5.3 Other operators
4.6 Broadband powerline (BPL)
4.7 Wireless broadband
4.7.1 WiFi
4.7.2 WiMAX
4.7.3 Internet via satellite
4.7.4 Mobile broadband
4.7.5 Cloud computing
4.7.6 eHealth developments
5. Forecasts – Fixed broadband market 2010-2013; 2020
5.1 Scenario 1 – higher fixed broadband subscriber growth
5.2 Scenario 2 – lower fixed broadband subscriber growth
5.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
6. Related reports
Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2004
Table 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2014
Table 3 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2013
Table 4 – Fixed broadband penetration – 2003 - 2014
Table 5 – Fixed broadband subscribers by ISP in Russia – 2010 - 2012
Table 6 – Moscow fixed broadband subscribes by ISP – 2010 - 2012
Table 7 – Fixed broadband market share by operator (Russia) – 2010 - 2012
Table 8 – Rostelecom fixed broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2013
Table 9 – Rostelecom broadband ARPU – 2008 – 2013
Table 10 – MTS fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2012
Table 11 – Comstar annualised residential fixed broadband monthly ARPU – 2009 - 2011
Table 12 – VimpelCom fixed broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2011
Table 13 – ER-Telecom subscribers by sector – 2011
Table 14 – ER-Telecom broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2012
Table 15 – ER-Telecom revenue by sector – 2011
Table 16 – VimpelCom FttB subscribers – 2010 – 2013
Table 17 – VimpelCom FttB revenue – 2010 – 2013
Table 18 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
Table 19 – Forecast fixed broadband penetration – higher growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
Table 20 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
Table 21 – Forecast fixed broadband penetration – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2014
Chart 2 – Fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2013

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