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Russia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

  • March 2017
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 44 pages

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Russia has the largest mobile market in Europe, with the number of subscriptions having passed 230 million. Several mobile network operators are active, although the market is dominated by four major operators (MTS, VimpelCom, Tele2 Russia/Rostelecom and MegaFon). These have expanded their footprints widely through the acquisition of smaller regional service providers. Tele2 Russia has undergone several changes of ownership in recent years, becoming a significant player following its merger with Rostelecom. 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. Tele2 Russia launched services in Moscow in late 2015 and has steadily gained market share.

Mobile SIM card penetration is high, at around 162% by early 2017, although actual mobile user penetration is lower due to the popularity of multiple SIM card use. The extensive deployment of LTE infrastructure is supporting growth opportunities through mobile broadband and data services, which make up a growing proportion of overall mobile revenue. Investments in carrier aggregation and LTE-A technologies have further boosted network capabilities, while operators have also have strategies in place to prepare for 5G.

This report provides an 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 updated financial and operational statistics.

Key developments:

Rostelecom considers increasing its stake in Tele2 Russia; MTS launches MTS Money Wallet service; MTS and VimpelCom agree on shared spectrum to expand LTE across 20 regions; MegaFon and VimpelCom sharing 1,300 LTE base stations by March 2017; VimpelCom contracts Huawei to trial LTE-A and 5G technologies; MTS secures national licence in 2.6GHz spectrum auction, launches national HD voice service on GSM networks; VimpelCom agrees to sell tower infrastructure to Russian Towers; Ericsson and MTS sign agreement to develop 5G services by 2018; Ministry of Communications removes restrictions on IMS, allowing for national VoLTE services; report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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