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Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts - Russia

Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts - Russia

Russia delivering the strongest fibre-based broadband growth in Europe

Russia’s huge and fully liberalised telecom market is supported by a population of about 143 million. Although the market is dominated by the western regions where the main cities and economic centres are concentrated, efforts continue to be made to improve infrastructure in remote areas, where many smaller towns still lack mobile or internet services.

The country possesses a vast broadcasting market undergoing rapid change. Both freely accessible and paid content is widely available from cable TV, terrestrial, internet protocol TV and satellite platforms. Competition is driving new network deployments and network modernisation, as incumbent broadcasters face challenges associated with digitising analogue networks and increased competition from new market entrants, particularly from the telecom sector.

Russia also has the largest mobile market in Europe, with more than 241 million subscriptions and a penetration rate of about 170%. Although a number of operators offer services, the market is dominated by MTS, VimpelCom and MegaFon, which have expanded nationally through the acquisition of smaller regional service providers. Competition in the key markets of Moscow and St Petersburg is fierce, due to the size of the cities’ populations and the higher concentration of wealth there. Significant market developments include the acquisition by Megafón of Scartel’s network, and the merger of Tele2 Russia with Rostelecom. 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 for operator revenue and the fast developing mobile broadband sector.

Key developments:

Rostelecom completes first stage of JV with Tele2 Russia, appointed the sole universal telecom services provider; ER Telecom completes first stage of backbone network; Polarnet cleared to build $2 billion trans-Arctic cable; 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; 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; MegaFon signs seven-year infrastructure upgrade contract with Huawei; MNOs join forces for m-commerce platform; VimpelCom merges with subsidiaries, signs five-managed services contract with Ericsson; MNP now available for subscribers; 900MHz used for 3G following technological neutrality ruling; four licensees receive 800MHz spectrum for LTE; Space Systems (GSS) secures transponder on Astra 1F; amended TV broadcasting rules adopted; regulator’s market data to March 2014; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2014; market developments to mid-2014.

Companies and subsidiaries covered in this report include:

MTS, TransTeleCom, VimpelCom, ER-Telecom, MTS, Rostelecom, PeterStar, Comstar, Mostelecom, Akado Group, NTV, Ren TV, CTC Media, TV Radio Company, Synterra Telecom, Comstar, Volga Telecom, Summa Telecom, MetroMAX, Yota (Scartel), Virgin Connect, Enforta, Golden Telecom; MegaFon, Tele2 Russia, Skylink, SMARTS Group, Uralsvyazinform.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Russia - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Broadband subscriber statistics - 2014 (Mar)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (Mar)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF RUSSIA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecom revenue (RUB) - 2003 - 2014
      • Table Telecom sector capital expenses- 2009 - 2014
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORY
      • Telecommunications Law 2003
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN RUSSIA
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnection
      • Access
      • Carrier selection
      • Universal service obligation
      • Calling Party Pays (CPP) legislation
      • Local call tariffs
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • SVYAZINVEST
      • Regional operators
    • ROSTELECOM
      • Table Rostelecom (pre-merger) financial data - 2008 - 2010
      • Table Rostelecom (post-merger) financial data - 2008 - 2014
      • Table Rostelecom subscriber data - 2008 - 2014
    • CENTRAL TELEGRAPH
    • VIMPELCOM
      • Table VimpelCom Group financial data - 2012 - 2014
      • Table VimpelCom financial data (Russia) - 2007 - 2014
      • Table VimpelCom subscribers by sector (Russia) - 2008 - 2014
    • MULTIREGIONAL TRANSIT TELECOM
    • TRANSTELECOM (TTK)
    • PETERSTAR
    • ER-TELECOM
      • Table ER-Telecom financial data (RUB) - 2005 - 2011
      • Table ER-Telecom financial data ($) - 2010 - 2013
      • Table ER Telecom subscribers - 2007 - 2011
    • MTS
      • Table MTS financial data (Russia, $) - 2009 - 2013
      • Table MTS financial data (Russia, RUB) - 2011 - 2014
      • Table MTS operational data - 2007 - 2014
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1998 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2015
    • LOCAL
      • Central Telegraph
      • MTS
      • Golden Telecom
      • PeterStar
    • NATIONAL
      • Golden Telecom
      • Rostelecom
      • TransTeleCom
      • ER Telecom
      • International cables
    • SATELLITE NETWORKS
    • TELECOMS AND IT
    • DATA CENTRES
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • RUSSIA'S EMERGING INTERNET SOCIETY
    • REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS
    • FIXED BROADBAND MARKET
      • Overview
      • Fixed broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Fixed broadband penetration - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers by ISP in Russia - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Moscow fixed broadband subscribes by ISP - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Fixed broadband market share by operator (Russia) - 2010 - 2013
      • Asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL)
        • Table Rostelecom fixed broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Rostelecom annualised broadband ARPU - 2008 - 2014
        • Table MTS fixed broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2012
        • Table VimpelCom fixed broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2014
      • Cable modems
        • Table ER-Telecom subscribers by sector - 2011
        • Table ER-Telecom broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2012
        • Table ER-Telecom revenue by sector - 2011
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
        • Table VimpelCom FttB subscribers - 2010 - 2014
        • Table VimpelCom FttB revenue - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Rostelecom FttX subscribers - 2011 - 2014
      • Broadband powerline (BPL)
      • Wireless broadband
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW OF BROADCASTING MARKET
      • Table Estimated pay TV households - 2015
      • Free-to-air (FTA)
        • Table TV advertising revenue - 2004 - 2013
        • Table CTC Media financial data - 2004 - 2014
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
        • Table Rostelecom residential IPTV subscribers - 2011 - 2014
      • Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • Cable TV (CATV)
        • Table Rostelecom residential cable TV subscribers - 2011 - 2014
        • Table MTS pay TV subscribers - 2009 - 2012
      • Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
      • Digital terrestrial TV (DTTV)
        • Table Estimated total DTTV implementation cost - 2010 - 2015
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF RUSSIA'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Mobile market share by region - Mar 2014
        • Table Mobile market share (Russia) - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Mobile service revenue - 2003 - 2014
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 3G licences
      • 800MHz spectrum
      • 900MHz spectrum
      • 1800MHz spectrum
      • Calling Party Pays (CPP) legislation
      • Roaming
      • Infrastructure sharing
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)
        • Table MTS mobile financial data (Russia, $) - 2004 - 2012
        • Table MTS mobile financial data (Russia, RUB) - 2004 - 2014
        • Table MTS Russia subscribers - 2004 - 2014
        • Table MTS Russia MOU, churn and annualised ARPU - 2001 - 2014
        • Table MTS Russia annualised VAS as proportion of total ARPU - 2004 - 2014
      • VimpelCom
        • Table VimpelCom mobile subscribers (Russia) - 2005 - 2014
        • Table VimpelCom ARPU and MOU (Russia) - 2007 - 2014
        • Table VimpelCom group financial data - 2007 - 2014
        • Table VimpelCom mobile financial data (Russia) - 2007 - 2014
      • MegaFon
        • Table MegaFon consolidated financial data - 2007 - 2014
        • Table MegaFon mobile revenue - 2005 - 2014
        • Table MegaFon mobile subscriber data - 2008 - 2014
      • Tele2 Russia
        • Table Tele2 financial data - 2007 - 2012
        • Table Tele2 subscribers - 2007 - 2014
      • SMARTS Group
        • Table SMARTS Group subscribers - 2009 - 2014
        • Table SMARTS Group financial data - 2006 - 2013
        • Table SMARTS mobile revenue by type - 2010 - 2011
      • Uralsvyazinform
      • Rostelecom
        • Table Rostelecom mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Rostelecom mobile revenue - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Rostelecom mobile ARPU - 2011 - 2014
        • Table VolgaTelecom mobile revenue - 2007 - 2010
        • Table VolgaTelecom mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2010
        • Table VolgaTelecom MOU and ARPU - 2007 - 2010
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid
      • Satellite mobile
      • Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table Mobile VAS as proportion of total mobile revenue - 2002 - 2013
      • Table Mobile VAS market share by operator - 2007 - 2012
      • Table Data revenue by type - 2008 - 2012
      • SMS/MMS
      • General packet radio service (GPRS)
      • Enhanced data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
      • High-speed packet access (HSPA)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2006 - 2012
      • Mobile TV
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • M-commerce
      • M-payments
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • FORECASTS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET 2010-2013; 2020
      • higher fixed broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband penetration - higher growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • lower fixed broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband penetration - lower growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020

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