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Russia - Mobile Market Insights and Statistics


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Russia has the largest mobile market in Europe, with more than some 231 million subscribers. A number of mobile network operators offer services although the market is dominated by three major operators (MTS, VimpelCom and MegaFon), which have expanded nationally through acquisitions of smaller regional service providers. Competition in the key markets of Moscow and St Petersburg is fierce, due to higher concentration of wealth in the two cities. Russia’s recent economic woes, partly resulting from the ongoing global financial crisis, have impacted growth in the telecom sector although this is expected to pick up in line with the overall economy. Mobile SIM card penetration approaches 160% although actual mobile user penetration is lower due to the popularity of multiple SIM card use. The deployment of HSPA networks presents a new growth opportunity through the offering of mobile broadband services, while the rapidly evolving LTE sector offers considerable promise.

This report provides a concise overview of Russia’s mobile market, covering regulatory developments, the major mobile operators including MegaFon, VimpelCom and Tele2, as well as technologies and mobile data, content and applications, and a variety of financial and operational statistics.

Key developments:

Yota and Rostelecom share resources for LTE networks; MTS and VimpelCom sign LTE network construction deal; Rostelecom given Ministry of Defence clearance to develop LTE in the 2.3GHz band; MegaFon completes IPO; MNOs join forces for m-commerce platform; VimpelCom merges with subsidiaries, signs five-managed services contract with Ericsson; MTS awarded Moscow LTE license; emergency services system ERA-GLONASS becomes MVNO; MNP bill clears second parliamentary reading; government proposes using spectrum for new national LTE network; Roskomnadzor cancels large number of radio frequency permissions; government withdraws DVB-H funding; MegaFon signs partnership deal with Telefónica; 900MHz used for 3G following technological neutrality ruling; four licensees receive 800MHz spectrum for LTE; Tele 2 Russia sold to VTB Group; MegaFon begins migrating GSM in Moscow to 3G in the 900MHz band; regulator’s market data for 2012; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2013; market developments to mid-2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

MegaFon, Tele2 Russia, Skylink, Volga Telecom, SMARTS Group, Uralsvyazinform.


1. Synopsis
2. Mobile communications
2.1 Overview and analysis of Russia’s mobile market
2.1.1 Mobile statistics
2.2 Regulatory issues
2.2.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
2.2.2 3G licences
2.2.3 800MHz spectrum
2.2.4 1800MHz spectrum
2.2.5 Calling Party Pays (CPP) legislation
2.2.6 Roaming
2.2.7 Infrastructure sharing
2.3 Mobile technologies
2.3.1 Digital
2.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
2.4 Major mobile operators
2.4.1 Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)
2.4.2 VimpelCom
2.4.3 MegaFon
2.4.4 Tele2 Russia
2.4.5 SMARTS Group
2.4.6 Uralsvyazinform
2.4.7 Rostelecom
2.4.8 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
2.5 Mobile voice services
2.5.1 Prepaid
2.5.2 Satellite mobile
2.5.3 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
2.6 Mobile data services
2.6.1 SMS/MMS
2.6.2 General packet radio service (GPRS)
2.6.3 Enhanced data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
2.6.4 High-speed packet access (HSPA)
2.6.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
2.6.6 Mobile broadband
2.6.7 Mobile TV
2.7 Mobile content and applications
2.7.1 Overview
2.7.2 M-commerce
2.7.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
3. Related reports
Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2004
Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2013
Table 3 – Mobile market share – Mar 2013
Table 4 – Mobile service revenue – 2003 - 2013
Table 5 – MTS mobile financial data (Russia) – 2004 - 2012
Table 6 – MTS Russia subscribers – 2004 - 2013
Table 7 – MTS Russia operational data, SAC, MOU, churn and ARPU – 2001 - 2012
Table 8 – MTS Russia annualised VAS as proportion of total ARPU – 2004 - 2012
Table 9 – VimpelCom mobile subscribers (Russia) – 2005 - 2013
Table 10 – VimpelCom ARPU and MOU (Russia) – 2007 - 2013
Table 11 – VimpelCom group financial data – 2007 - 2013
Table 12 – VimpelCom mobile financial data (Russia) – 2007 - 2013
Table 13 – MegaFon consolidated financial data – 2007 - 2013
Table 14 – MegaFon mobile revenue – 2005 - 2013
Table 15 – MegaFon mobile subscriber data – 2008 - 2013
Table 16 – Tele2 financial data – 2007 - 2012
Table 17 – Tele2 subscribers – 2007 - 2013
Table 18 – SMARTS Group subscribers – 2009 - 2013
Table 19 – SMARTS Group financial data – 2006 - 2010
Table 20 – SMARTS mobile revenue by type – 2010 - 2011
Table 21 – Rostelecom mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2013
Table 22 – Rostelecom mobile revenue – 20108 - 2013
Table 23 – VolgaTelecom mobile revenue – 2007 - 2010
Table 24 – VolgaTelecom mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2010
Table 25 – VolgaTelecom MOU and ARPU – 2007 - 2010
Table 26 – MTS and VimpelCom prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2011
Table 27 – Mobile VAS as proportion of total mobile revenue – 2002 - 2013
Table 28 – Mobile VAS market share by operator – 2007 - 2012
Table 29 – Data revenue by type – 2008 - 2012
Table 30 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2006 - 2012
Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2013
Chart 2 – MTS mobile financial data (Russia) – 2004 - 2012
Chart 3 – VimpelCom mobile subscribers (Russia), annual change – 2005 - 2013
Chart 4 – VimpelCom group financial data – 2007 - 2013
Chart 5 – MegaFon financial data – 2007 - 2013
Chart 6 – Tele2 financial data – 2007 - 2012
Chart 7 – Tele2 subscribers, annual change – 2007 - 2013
Chart 8 – SMARTS Group financial data – 2006 – 2010
Chart 9 – VolgaTelecom mobile revenue – 2007 - 2010
Chart 10 – VolgaTelecom mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2010

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