Russia Telecommunications Report Q4 2014 - New Market Report

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Tue Oct 28 2014

Although Russian mobile market is reaching consolidation, BMI believes that there is scope for revenue and customer base growth. Although the market saturation reached 170.6% in Q214, BMI believes that some of these subscribers will be discounted as inactive SIM-cards get deactivated. Expanding LTE services offer opportunities for more value-add data products to add revenue, while rural areas could provide customer base growth. The fixed-line segment is declining at a slower rate than in neighbouring markets and the broadband market has expanded rapidly. Healthy competition and the demand for coverage provide good growth opportunities.

Key Data

* The mobile market saw an overall net gain of 1.6mn subscribers in Q214, over 2013 the Russian market added 12.3mn new customers.
* The latest data release from AC&M Consulting shows there were 23.2mn wireline broadband subscriptions at mid-2013, up by 14.2% y-o-y, as the penetration rate reached 16.5%.
* FTTx subscriptions increased to 3.51mn at the end of September 2013, from 2.51mn a year earlier. Russian pay-TV subscriber base grew by 2% in Q114, totalling 35mn. Penetration of pay-TV services reached 64% during this time, with the seven largest operators accounting for 80% of the market.

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Key Trends And Developments

Rostelecom has concluded the second and final stage of its deal to form a new national mobile operator in collaboration with Tele2 Russia. Rostelecom has transferred 100% of its stake in its subsidiary CJSC RT-Mobile to the new joint venture (JV) Tele2 Russia. Under the deal, Rostelecom spun off its combined mobile assets into RT-Mobile and its licences have been reissued to the new venture. Rostelecom will own a 45% stake in the JV's share capital. Most of the assets spun off were in rural areas of Volga, Urals and Sibera. This leads BMI to believe that the newly formed Tele 2 will focus more on expanding into rural areas.

In April 2014, Megafon completed the integration...

The Russia Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Russia's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Russia Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Russia.

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