Market Research Logo

Russia - Key Statistics and Telecommunications Market


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

The Russian telecom market is the largest in Europe, given the size of the country’s population. The market is dominated by the western regions where the main cities – and wealth – is 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 having rebranded their services since 2012. 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. 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.

Key developments

ER Telecom completes first stage of backbone network; Rostelecom considers program to modernize infrastructure at cost of US$10 billion over ten years; Polarnet cleared to build US2 billion trans-Arctic cable; telecom sector investment grows 7% in 2011; government plans to sell stake in Rostelecom by 2014; 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:

TransTeleCom, VimpelCom, ER-Telecom, MTS, Rostelecom, PeterStar.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Russia’s telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.1.1 Telecommunications Law 2003
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Russia
4.3.1 Privatisation
4.3.2 Interconnection
4.3.3 Access
4.3.4 Carrier selection
4.3.5 Universal service obligation
4.3.6 Calling Party Pays (CPP) legislation
4.3.7 Local call tariffs
5. Fixed network operators in Russia
5.1 Market overview
5.2 Svyazinvest
5.2.1 Regional operators
5.3 Rostelecom
5.4 Central Telegraph
5.5 VimpelCom/Golden Telecom/Beeline
5.6 Multiregional Transit Telecom
5.7 TransTeleCom (TTK)
5.8 PeterStar
5.9 ER-Telecom
5.10 MTS
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Local
6.2.1 Central Telegraph
6.2.2 MTS
6.2.3 Golden Telecom
6.2.4 PeterStar
6.3 National
6.3.1 Golden Telecom
6.3.2 Rostelecom
6.3.3 TransTeleCom
6.3.4 ER Telecom
6.4 Satellite networks
6.5 Telecoms and IT
7. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics Russia – 2012 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Telecom revenue and annual growth (€) – 2004 - 2012
Table 8 – Telecom revenue by operator (RUB) – 2003 - 2013
Table 9 – Telecom sector capital expenses– 2009 - 2013
Table 11 – Rostelecom (post-merger) financial data – 2008 - 2013
Table 12 – Rostelecom subscriber data – 2008 - 2013
Table 13 – VimpelCom financial data (Russia) – 2007 - 2013
Table 14 – VimpelCom subscribers by sector (Russia) – 2008 - 2013
Table 15 – ER-Telecom financial data – 2005 - 2011
Table 16 – ER Telecom subscribers – 2007 - 2011
Table 17 – MTS financial data (Russia) – 2009 - 2012
Table 18 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1998 - 2004
Table 19 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 - 2013
Table 20 – Russian IT market revenue – 2005 - 2012
Chart 1 – Telecom revenue by operator (RUB) – 2003 - 2013
Chart 2 – Rostelecom financial data – 2008 - 2013
Chart 3 – Rostelecom subscriber data – 2008 – 2013
Chart 4 – VimpelCom financial data – 2007 - 2013
Chart 5 – VimpelCom subscribers by sector (Russia) – 2008 - 2013
Chart 6 – ER-Telecom financial data – 2005 - 2011
Chart 7 – ER Telecom subscribers – 2007 - 2011
Chart 8 – MTS financial data (Russia) – 2009 - 2012
Chart 9 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2002 - 2013

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report