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 Thursday, February 13, 2014

According to "Kazakhtelecom", the digitalization rate was 98.19%. About 1750 km of fiber-optic communication lines have been built in Akmola, East Kazakhstan, West Kazakhstan, Kostanay, Karaganda, Pavlodar, North Kazakhstan and South Kazakhstan regions. Further modernization and development of rural communication CDMA / EVDO allowed to cover more than 3700 rural settlements.

In 2013, within the development and modernization of the telecommunications network, the company continued work on the projects: building of FTTH networks, implementation and construction of a network communication standard 4G LTE, the development of highway network, construction of rural communication network WLL CDMA 450, the introduction of IP TV, modernization and development of local networks.

In addition, work has been continued on the implementation of wireless Internet access of  fourth-generation standard LTE. In 2013, the network was deployed in Aktau, Aktobe, Atyrau, Karaganda, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Shymkent, Zhezkazgan, Temirtau, and  expanded in Almaty, Astana and their suburbs. In other regional centers pilot zones were organized. About 110,000 subscribers were registered.

As a result of the completion of III phase of the strategic project "Construction of FTTH networks” included into the Industrialization Map of Kazakhstan, about 15 500 houses and more than 7300 cottages were covered by fiber-optic networks. In the past year, the works on the development of IP TV services were carried out in Astana, Almaty and in all regional centers. The network capacity was more than 246,000 points of connection by year-end.

Source: Kazakhstan 2050.

CIS | FTTH/B | LTE
Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:23:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 31, 2014
Russian mobile operator MTS has started providing its LTE services in the city of Obninsk in the Kaluga region, reports Cnews.ru. The operator launched its network using LTE FDD. Most of the city has already been covered, and the whole area should be covered by the end of the year. MTS currently runs LTE networks in the city of Moscow and Moscow region, as well as in Tambov, Amur, Trans-Baykal and Pskov regions and in North Ossetia republic. The operator plans to launch its LTE services in around 600 agglomerations across the country by the end of 2014.

Source: Telecom Paper.

CIS | LTE
Friday, January 31, 2014 3:41:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 20, 2012

Moscow, Russia – November 22, 2012 – Rostelecom OJSC (the “Group”) (MICEX - RTS: RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY), Russia’s national telecommunications operator, announces that the Group has fully launched its first commercial 3G+ network in the Irkutsk region, through the Group’s subsidiary, Baikalwestcom CJS (BWC). Rostelecom is planning to launch 3G networks in 26 Russian regions in 2013.

Pavel Zaitsev, Senior Vice President of Rostelecom, commented: "Our subsidiary, Baikalwestcom, has historically been a regional mobile market leader, and the launch of this next-generation network will further strengthen its position. All of our mobile subscribers in the Irkutsk region will now benefit from a significantly enhanced user experience using our 3G+ infrastructure and our high-speed Internet access when surfing the web, browsing social networks, and viewing video content. Customers can now access these services anywhere using their smartphones, tablets or USB modems on their laptops. Since the network’s test launch mobile data traffic has almost doubled and we are confident that demand for mobile Internet will continue growing rapidly thanks to our competitive tariff plans for this service.”

The HSPA+ technology that we used to build our first network in the Irkutsk region, supports transmission speeds of up to 21 MB/s. The network is therefore 3G+, as the first 3G networks in Russia only supported transmission speeds of up to 3.6 MB/s. The Group has completed the installation of over 300 base stations. Rostelecom’s 3G+ network is now available across several of the Irkutsk region’s cities and towns, providing access to 70% of the region’s population. The network will be further expanded in the first quarter of 2013.

Source: Rostelecom.

3G | CIS
Thursday, December 20, 2012 2:58:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 14, 2012

Ukraine’s third largest cellco Astelit (life:)) claims that it had 2.3 million mobile internet users on its GPRS/EDGE network at the end of September 2012, or 28% of its overall active mobile subscriber base which reached 8.2 million at that date (up from 7.1 million a year earlier). The number of active smartphones on Astelit’s network increased by 42% year-on-year to 1.07 million at end-September 2012, while overall mobile market leader Kyivstar reported at the same data that it had 2.56 million active smartphone subscribers, less than second-placed GSM operator MTS Ukraine which claimed almost three million smartphones, ProIT reported.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, December 14, 2012 11:06:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange Moldova has announced the commercial launch of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. ‘From today 4G technology is available to all persons and entities in [the capital] Chisinau and its suburbs,’ said Ludmila Klimok, general director of Orange Moldova, at a press conference. The move follows a commercial launch of LTE by InterDnestrCom (IDC) in April 2012, and a limited test launch of LTE by another rival, Moldcell, last week.

Source: TeleGeography.

CIS | LTE
Friday, December 14, 2012 11:04:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

State-owned telecoms giant Rostelecom has announced that its broadband subscriber base passed the nine million mark at the beginning of November 2012, which it says is almost four times more than its nearest competitor. The national operator has indicated that the growth in high speed internet users is being driven by the uptake of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) platforms, with the company’s fibre-optic user base reportedly doubling on an annual basis.

Source: TeleGeography.

Broadband | CIS | FTTH/B
Friday, December 14, 2012 10:39:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 08, 2012

Mobile operator MTS Belarus has announced that the number of people signed up to its 3G mobile internet services increased by 12% in the three months ended 30 September 2012 to more than 800,000; the cellco closed out June 2012 with around 715,000 3G users. MTS is driving uptake for mobile broadband by continuing efforts to modernise its network. It now claims to cover the entire territory of the Republic with a total of 1,698 base transceiver stations (BTS), of which half are able to support dual-carrier HSPA+ with maximum download speeds of 42Mbps. In the third quarter the operator added 3G in a number of new locations in the Brest region (Baranovichi), Shavrova (Vitebsk), Grodno and Lida, Neman (Minsk), Borisov (Minsk region) and in parts of Mogilev.

In a separate development, MTS Belarus says it hopes to complete the deployment of its Ethernet network in the Serebryanka residential quarter in Minsk by 15 November 2012. Upon completion, customers signing up to its ‘Household Connect’ tariff plans will be able to get a 5Mbps (maximum) connection free for the first month. MTS already offers the Ethernet service in the Chizhovka residential quarter in the capital.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:36:56 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 29, 2012

Kyrgyzstan’s National Communications Agency has allocated spectrum for WiMAX and Long Term Evolution (LTE) to a total of twelve companies, writes Tazabek. AsiaInfo, Global Telecom Asia, ToTel, Aknet, Kurulush Invest, T-Com, Fraton Plus, Aytel, Foris Telecom, WTT, Saima Telecom and Intranet KG have all been awarded spectrum according to the report, although it does not state which operators were awarded what frequencies.

Source: Telegeography.

CIS | LTE | Wifi WiMax
Monday, October 29, 2012 3:56:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 01, 2012

Azeri mobile operator Bakcell has announced that it is fully prepared to introduce mobile number portability (MNP), which enables a subscriber to retain their phone number if they switch service provider. The cellco said it plans to launch the service as soon as it receives the go-ahead from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). ‘We are ready to start today but this is a service that all operators must launch together so we are forced to wait for the other operators,’ said Bakcell CEO Richard Shearer, adding: ‘We have invested significant time and money into the development of MNP and in meeting compliance issues with the MCIT. Our systems are technically ready and have passed internal acceptance tests. Bakcell is sure that MNP will increase competition in Azerbaijan’s mobile communication market and is very committed to the introduction of MNP.’ Bakcell is Azerbaijan’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. The cellco had a market share of 30.2% at the end of June 2012, compared to market leader Azercell’s 47.2% share, but ahead of Azerfon with 22.6%.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 01, 2012 1:35:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Azeri mobile operator Bakcell has chosen to deploy PT’s SEGway Number Portability Solution for its network in Baku, in line with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s (MCIT’s) requirement for service providers to make mobile number portability (MNP) available to subscribers this year. SEGway’s carrier-grade IP backbone provides a platform for seamless growth and the addition of revenue-generating features as networks evolve to next generation. ‘We faced an enormous challenge of selecting a vendor, testing, and turning up MNP within a very short window of time, and without impact to our network,’ commented Jordan Rashev, Bakcell’s head of Network Management Centre, adding: ‘We were confident that PT would deliver the quality we are accustomed to and meet our deadline. We are extremely pleased with their product and service.’

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:32:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Uzbekistan national operator Uztelecom continues to reduce the price for use of its internet gateway by ISPs. The rate was cut from USD 457 to USD 442 per 1 Mbps. It has been the fifth reduction this year, dropping from USD 500 in January.


Source: Telecompaper

CIS | Internet | Tariffs
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 3:46:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Azerbaijan mobile operator Azercell has launched its LTE network in Baku, reports Trend. The network is operational in the capital city only, and the operator plans to double the coverage by the end of the year. Azercell offers USB modems supporting LTE for AZN 149, and the monthly subscription for unlimited broadband costs AZN 45. CEO Ali Agan said that the LTE launch should support a reduction in mobile data prices in Azerbaijan.

Source: Telecompaper

CIS | LTE | Tariffs
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 3:44:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ukraine’s Antimonopoly Committee has ordered the country’s two largest cellcos by subscribers, Kyivstar and MTS Ukraine, to lower their mobile service tariffs to ‘economically justified’ levels, the committee announced in a statement, reported by Ukrainian News Agency. The two companies have 15 days to report their proposed new tariffs back to the anti-trust agency. The committee stated that in 2012, Kyivstar has ‘increased the cost of SMS text messages by 28%, the cost of MMS by 33% and the subscription fee in certain tariff plans by 25%.’ It added that MTS Ukraine has ‘raised the cost of SMS by 22%, the cost of MMS by 20%, the cost of calls within the MTS network by 50%, and the cost of calls to subscribers of other operators in Ukraine by 20%.’ It said that these increases in retail prices occurred at a faster pace than the growth in the consumer price index for goods and services in Ukraine as a whole, and in the communications sector in particular.

Concurrently, the Antimonopoly Committee is conducting an investigation – launched in February – into whether international roaming tariffs charged by Kyivstar and MTS Ukraine are economically justified. The two cellcos have responded to the committee’s scrutiny by saying that they are taking measures to reduce tariffs for subscriber and inter-operator international roaming services.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:35:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 22, 2012

Azeri telecoms operator AzTelekom, which is wholly owned by the state via the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), is set to expand the availability of broadband services in rural parts of the country through the deployment of a 600km fibre-optic cable. Telecompaper cites a report by news agency Trend as saying that the operator is carrying out the project in partnership with seven private internet service providers (ISPs), five of which have already commenced work, with 200km of fibre deployed to eleven telecoms access nodes. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that AzTelekom operates in the internet market through its subsidiary AzTelekom.NET, which was established in September 2004. It provides a range of connection options, including dial-up, leased lines and ADSL (offering transmission speeds of up to 10Mbps), and also provides voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) telephony.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 2:59:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Azerbaijan mobile operator Bakcell announced that it plans to raise the prices of on-net calls for subscribers of its SevimliCIN, SevinCIN and QoshaCIN tariffs from 15 May. The current AZN 0.04 per minute rate for on-net calls at off-peak hours will be raised to AZN 0.06 per minute for subscribers of the SevimliCIN tariff and to AZN 0.08 per minute for subscribers of the Sevin CIN and QoshaCIN tariffs.

Source: Telecom Paper.

CIS | Tariffs
Friday, June 22, 2012 12:24:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Azerbaijan mobile operators Bakcell, Nar Mobile and Azercell have signed a protocol on the introduction of LTE, reports Trend. The coordination of frequencies will be carried out by the operators themselves under the protocol. Ali Abbasov, the Minister of ICT, said that LTE licences won't be necessary for the deployment of LTE networks. The Ministry has set a three-month deadline for the launch of LTE services.

Source: Telecom Paper.

CIS | LTE
Friday, June 22, 2012 10:01:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Russian mobile giant MegaFon has revealed plans to launch a Time-Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network in Moscow to complement its existing 4G MVNO arrangement with Scartel (Yota). According to Interfax, MegaFon has already deployed over 300 TD-LTE base stations in the capital, but is unable to launch commercial services as the regulator forced it to relinquish spectrum in the 2.57GHz-2.62GHz band, as utilised by its subsidiary Synterra, in preparation for the long-delayed frequency auction.

Meanwhile, MegaFon’s LTE MVNO is poised to go live in Moscow on 14 May, after launching in Novosibirsk during the last week of April. Going forward, unconfirmed press reports have also suggested that the network will launch in Krasnodar this week. Cities including St Petersburg, Samara, Vladivostok, Ufa and Kostroma have all been earmarked for 4G connectivity by the end of 2012.

In related news, last week saw MegaFon announce the launch of Russia’s first ever LTE-suitable tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Branded ‘LTE MegaFon Edition’, the new product will only be available in MegaFon retail stores.

Source: TeleGeography.

CIS | LTE | MVNO
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:44:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Russian and CIS mobile operator MTS will resume operations in Turkmenistan, according to Vladimir Yevtushenkov, the CEO of the telecommunications holding company Sistema, the main shareholder of MTS, reports RIA Novosti. MTS Turkmenistan was active until December 2010 and its licence was annulled later. Currently, the only mobile operator in Turkmenistan is state-owned Altyn Asyr (TM Cell).

Source: Telecom Paper.

CIS
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:37:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Azerbaijan mobile operator Bakcell announced that it plans to raise the prices of on-net calls for subscribers of its SevimliCIN, SevinCIN and QoshaCIN tariffs from 15 May. The current AZN 0.04 per minute rate for on-net calls at off-peak hours will be raised to AZN 0.06 per minute for subscribers of the SevimliCIN tariff and to AZN 0.08 per minute for subscribers of the Sevin CIN and QoshaCIN tariffs.

Source: Telecom Paper.

CIS | LTE | Tariffs
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:57:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Russia added 0.9 million in the month of February taking the total to 190 million, reports Russian consultancy firm ACM Consulting. The mobile penetration rate rose to 131%, up by 0.6% from January 2009 and 16% from February 2008.

On the other hand, Ukraine experienced a downfall in terms of subscribers which fell by 0.2 million, taking down the total subscribers base to 55.6 million. The mobile penetration rate fell to 120.5%, down by 0.4% from January 2009.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:12:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 23, 2009

The number of mobile subscribers in Russia increased to 190 million in February 2009, up by 0.9 million from January 2009 and up by 23.2 million from February 2008, according to Russian consultancy firm ACM Consulting. Penetration increased to 131 percent, up 0.6 percent from January 2009 and up 16 percent from February 2008. At the end of February, there were 188 and 169 Sim cards in use per 100 inhabitants in Moscow and St. Petersburg, respectively. In Ukraine, the number of subscribers decreased to 55.6 million, down 0.2 million from January 2009 and up 0.4 million from February 2008. Penetration was 120.5 percent, down 0.4 percent from January 2009 and up 1.4 percent from February 2008.

Source: Telecompaper.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:58:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The total number of broadband users in the Republic of Belarus reached 250,000 at the end of last year, online news journal e-Belarus.org reports. Of the total, around 190,000 were ADSL users, including 150,000 retail connections for national PTO Beltelecom, and 60,000 were hooked up via a cable modem with the likes of Minsk-based Cosmos TV. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Beltelecom began to develop its broadband internet access service in 2002 and since September 2006 has offered ADSL services under the brand name Byfly, offering a non-guaranteed bandwidth service costing USD17 per month for a 1Mbps/512kbps (downlink/uplink) package. In November 2007 the company reduced the cost of selected high speed access services by 30% and at the end of the year claimed some 50,000 broadband ports had been installed for xDSL services. By the start of this year Beltelecom controlled 78% of ADSL access in the country, and 44% in Minsk.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:50:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Velcom posts its third quarter results. The subscriber base reaches to 3.5 million with the net addition of 100,000 new subscribers in third quarter. The 100% owned Telekom Austria subsidiary, reported revenues of EUR82.4 million (USD104.1 million) and EBITDA of EUR41.9 million in the period under review, while its EBITDA margin was stable at 50.8%. The operating income in this quarter was EUR22.7 million. The ARPU grows from EUR6.9 in 2Q08 to EUR7.6 in 3Q08, driven by the launch of new attractively priced tariff plans and currency fluctuations. While, average MOU dipped from 165.8 to 162.8 in the same period.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 11:07:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 16, 2008

­France Telecom's mobile division, Orange says that it has submitted a bid for the 3rd mobile phone license in Armenia - valued at EUR51 million (US$70 million). Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) announced the tender in July and said that there will be a reserve price of US$16 million for the license and the winner will be required to invest a minimum of US$320 million in the network rollout.

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Armenia currently has two mobile networks, Armentel (majority owned by Russia's VimpelCom) and VivaCell (majority owned by Russia's MTS). Russia's other main operator, Megafon had been regularly cited as the certain winner of the tender - so the shortlist had proven to be a surprise.

The two incumbent operators have confirmed that they will launch 3G services shortly.

Figures from the Mobile World show that the country ended the first half of this year with a shade under 3 million subscribers - representing a population penetration level of 72%.

Source: Cellular News.

3G | CIS
Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:11:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Russian mobile operator, MTS has announced the launch of a test zone of its 3G network in Uzbekistan and technical readiness for commercial launch in late 2008. Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, became the first city in the region where MTS launched its next-generation network. The Company plans to cover the entire city and to announce the commercial launch by the end of the year. Additional cities will be launched in 2009, including Samarkand, Bukhara, and Andijan.

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Development of UMTS networks is a cornerstone of MTS' strategy to provide mobile broadband in the CIS. As these markets demonstrate relatively low levels of fixed-line penetration and historic underinvestment in infrastructure, MTS views its networks as an ideal vehicle to meet the growing broadband Internet needs of its subscribers through attractive data products and services.

MTS launched its first 3G network in Russia in May 2008 and plans to launch the network in Armenia in early 2009. MTS is currently operating a CDMA-450 network in Ukraine.

Source: Cellular News.

3G | CIS
Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:09:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |