Russia’s growing telecom market and 5G era preparations

Russia growing telecom

A report was published giving 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.

The Russian telecom market, supported by a population of about 144 million, is the largest in Europe, with competition most widespread in Moscow and St Petersburg, the two largest regional markets. In late 2019, Rostelecom, acquired the remaining 55% of Tele2 Russia which it did not already own. The deal strengthened the company’s efforts in offering a full range of bundled services.

According to the report, telcos continue to implement and improve fixed-line network infrastructure to offer more efficient broadband services in addition to a range of IP-delivered content. Based on this development, the fibre broadband sector has shown considerable growth, supported by the government’s program to extend the reach of broadband to areas with limited services.

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

The mobile market is also gearing up for the 5G era. The Moscow Department of Information Technology (DIT) and ICT.Moscow, a platform about Moscow digital technologies, has launched its first business monthly digest dedicated to 5G.

“5G for Business” is committed to fifth-generation wireless technology, its application across industry sectors, and related opportunities to the city’s businesses. The first issue is dedicated to the theme of 5G and its use in immersive technologies, including Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and 360 ° video. The first issue covers an essential theme because, as we already know, the high-speed, low latency technology will unlock the potential of immersive technologies and optimize overall user experience.

ICT.Moscow has launched this process in partnership with Moscow’s Department of Information Technology to describe specific cases, experience with pilot projects, accelerators and events whereby people can present their own projects and ideas. This will help Businesses unrelated to the telecoms industry, understand how they will benefit from the future of 5G. 

Every issue is set to consist of exclusive opinions from industry professionals: operators, telecom equipment manufacturers, experts and representatives of Moscow’s business community, all of whom, have a vital role in the development of new communication technology. 

Russia has the largest mobile market in Central and Eastern Europe while continuously growing.