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Research and Markets: Russia - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

June 1, 2011

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5ef8e5/russia_telecoms) has announced the addition of the "Russia - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts" report to their offering.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Russia's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

- Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
- Facts, figures and statistics;
- Industry and regulatory issues;
- Infrastructure;
- Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
- Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
- Mobile voice and data markets;
- Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
- Convergence and digital media;
- 3G subscriber and mobile ARPU forecasts to 2015;
- Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.

Russia's mobile operators unite to extend LTE to remote areas by 2014

Market highlights:

Despite economic difficulties, growth in the telecoms market during the next few years, on the back of the broadband and mobile sectors, will compensate for declining sales in the fixed-line telephony sector. The decline in investments in recent years, engendered from the financial turmoil, affected the expansion and upgrade of networks in regional areas. These extraordinary conditions are largely past, and investment in telecoms infrastructure is expected to have grown 30% in 2010 and an anticipated 20%-25% in 2011, motivated by opportunities in areas such as fibre and LTE.

The seven regional incumbents which make up Svyazinvest, majority-owned by the government, in early 2011 merged with the key subsidiary Rostelecom. The move created an integrated company based on Rostelecom which will be better placed to exploit economies of scale in coming years.

In early 2011 Rostelecom signed a memorandum of understanding with the three main MNOs to develop a joint LTE network using the infrastructure to be built by Yota. The network will expand LTE availability to 70 million Russians in 180 cities by 2014, vastly improving regional broadband availability in coming years.

FttX infrastructure has been expanded rapidly in recent years, principally by regional players including Southern Telecom Company, SibirTelecom, ER Telecom and Golden Telecom. Collectively, these players are having a significant impact of fibre broadband in regional areas, and are enabling operators to take advantage of consumer demand for faster access and bundled services.

The transition to DTTV is underway, with ASO taking place regionally. Siberia and the Far East were the first to receive DTTV transmissions. DTTV development has nevertheless been held back by the lack of a clear strategy, providing the catalyst for alternative Digital TV platforms based on broadband internet, cable and satellite. ASO is to be completed by 2015 yet the second multiplex is unlikely to launch before 2017, while a third multiplex may launch after 2020: ASO can only be completed after 95% of the population can receive DTT signals.

This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecom sector in Russia. It provides further information on:

- Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
- The impact of the global economic crisis;
- Telecoms operators - privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
- Mobile data market developments in coming years in light of spectrum auctions and new licence awards;
- 3G developments, regulatory issues and technologies including HSPA;
- Broadband migration to an FttH architecture;
- Historical and current subscriber statistics and forecasts;
- ARPU statistics and forecasts.

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

Key Topics Covered:

1. Key Statistics
2. Telecommunications Market
3. Regulatory Environment
4. Fixed Network Operators
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
6. Internet Market
7. Broadband Market
8. Digital Media
9. Mobile Communications
10. Forecasts

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Source: SYS-CON

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