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Russia - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Jan 2020

Category :

Telecommunications

No. of Pages : 84 Pages

Synopsis
The Russian telecom market is the largest in Europe, supported by a population of about 144 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 and St Petersburg, the two largest regional markets. The former holding company for Russia’s incumbent telecom operators, Svyazinvest, has emerged as Rostelecom, with most regional players absorbed into the operator. Rostelecom subsequently merged its mobile business with Tele2 Russia, which launched mobile services in the important Moscow market in October 2015. In late 2019 Rostelecom acquired the 55% of Tele2 Russia which it did not already owned, thereby strengthening its ability to compete in the market for bundled service offerings.

Telcos continue to deploy and modernise fixed-line network infrastructure to offer improved broadband services as well as a range of IP-delivered content. The government is investing billions of Rubles in a 200,000km telecom network which will provide a broadband service of at least 10Mb/s to thousands of underserved villages. Rostelecom was contracted to undertake and manage the work.

Russia has also emerged as one of Europe’s fastest growing markets for fibre-based broadband, with Rostelecom’s own fibre broadband access network covering more than 35 million premises.

The mobile market is on the cusp of the 5G era, with an auction of spectrum in the 25.25GHz-27.5GHz range expected in the first months of 2020.

Russia’s recent economic woes, partly resulting from the ongoing global financial crisis and partly to difficulties associated with a range of sanctions related to the annexation of Ukraine, have impacted growth in the telecom sector.

This report provides an overview of Russia’s fixed-line telecom and IT markets. It includes information on key regulatory developments, data on fixed-line networks, and an assessment of telcos’ financial and operating performance.

Key developments

  • Rostelecom contracted to develop telecom network offering improved services to underserved villages;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2019, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
TransTeleCom, VEON (VimpelCom), ER-Telecom, MTS, Rostelecom, PeterStar

Table of Contents

Key statistics
Regional European Market Comparison
Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
Market Leaders
Market Challengers
Market Emergents
TMI versus GDP
Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration
Country overview
Telecommunications market
Market analysis
Regulatory environment
Telecommunications Law 2003
Regulatory authority
Telecom sector liberalisation
Privatisation
Interconnection
Access
Carrier selection
Universal Service Obligation
Fixed network operators
Introduction
Svyazinvest
Regional operators
Rostelecom
Central Telegraph
VEON
Multiregional Transit Telecom
TransTeleCom (TTK)
PeterStar
ER-Telecom
MTS
Telecommunications infrastructure
Overview of the national telecom network
Central Telegraph
MTS
Golden Telecom
PeterStar
Rostelecom
TransTeleCom
ER-Telecom
International networks
Satellite networks
Data centres
Appendix – Historic data

List of Table

List of Tables

Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Russia – 2019 (e)
Table 2 – Growth in telecom sector revenue – 2011 – 2019
Table 3 – Development of Rostelecom’s financials (post-merger) – 2008 – 2019
Table 4 – Change in the number of Rostelecom’s subscriber by type – 2008 – 2019
Table 5 – Development of VEON Group’ financial data – 2007 – 2019
Table 6 – Development of VEON (Russia) financial data – 2007 – 2019
Table 7 – Change in the number of VEON’s subscribers (Russia) by sector – 2008 – 2019
Table 8 – Growth in ER-Telecom’s revenue – 2014 – 2018
Table 9 – Development of MTS’s financials (Russia, RUB) – 2010 – 2019
Table 10 – Development of MTS’s fixed-line subscribers by type – 2008 – 2019
Table 11 – Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
Table 12 – Increase in international internet bandwidth – 2006 – 2017
Table 13 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1998 – 2009
Table 14 – Historic - Telecom sector revenue (RUB million) – 2003 – 2010
Table 15 – Historic - MTS financial data (Russia, $) – 2008 – 2012
Table 16 – Historic - Rostelecom (pre-merger) financial data – 2008 – 2010

List of Chart

List of Charts

Chart 1 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders (top tier)
Chart 2 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers (middle tier)
Chart 3 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Emergents (bottom tier)
Chart 4 – Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 5 – Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 – Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 7 – Northern Europe –mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 8 – Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 – Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 – Scandinavia and Baltics fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 11 – Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 12 – Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 13 – Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 14 – Growth in telecom sector revenue – 2011 – 2019
Chart 15 – Development of Rostelecom’s financials (post-merger) – 2008 – 2019
Chart 16 – Change in the number of Rostelecom’s subscriber by type – 2008 – 2019
Chart 17 – Development of VEON Group’ financial data – 2007 – 2019
Chart 18 – VEON financial data (Russia) – 2007 – 2019
Chart 19 – Change in the number of VEON’s subscribers (Russia) by sector – 2008 – 2019
Chart 20 – Growth in ER-Telecom’s revenue – 2014 – 2018
Chart 21 – Development of MTS’s financials (Russia, RUB) – 2010 – 2019
Chart 22 – Development of MTS’s fixed-line subscribers by type – 2008 – 2019
Chart 23 – Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
Chart 24 – Increase in international internet bandwidth – 2006 – 2017

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