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Svyazinvest sees 6.5% rise in full-year profit (Russia)

Russia’s state telecoms holding company Svyazinvest has reported a 6.5% increase in net profit for full-year 2008 under Russian Accounting Standards (RAS) to RUB27 billion (USD747 million). Sales climbed 3.6% to RUB253 billion, while EBITDA rose 12% to RUB82 billion. The Svyazinvest group incorporates seven mega-regional fixed line operators which control around 32.5 million lines and 3.3 million broadband internet accounts between them; its cellular operations claimed a total of twelve million customers at end-2008.

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February 4, 2009 at 16:57 Leave a comment

Shyam Telelink becomes Sistema Shyam TeleServices; considering CDMA acquisitions (India)

Indian CDMA operator Shyam Telelink has announced that it has formally changed its name to Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTS). SSTS is a joint venture between Russian conglomerate Sistema and the Shyam Group of India. Commenting on the name change SSTS CEO, Vsevolod Rozanov, said, ‘Sistema is the majority shareholder in this venture with Shyam Group being the other partner. As our name suggests, we envisage optimizing this synergy of two players from different countries with a clear-cut focus on becoming a strong telecom player in India.’

In separate but related news SSTS has said it is considering acquisitions of other CDMA businesses in a bid to increase the speed of its pan-India rollout. Having announced a target date of mid-2010 for the completion of its country-wide rollout, Mr Rozanov said the operator will look at any opportunities to acquire other CDMA-based operators. SSTS launched services in the Rajasthan circle in October 2008, and has said it will begin commercial operations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala by March 2009. It hopes to complete rollouts in at least ten circles by the end of the year.

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February 2, 2009 at 20:07 Leave a comment

BRIC Economies to Experience Strong Mobile User Growth, Reaching 1.64bn by 2013

The increasing availability of broadband-enabled mobile networks, aided by falling prices of sophisticated handsets and data charges, will underpin continued strong growth in mobile phone usage in Brazil, Russia, India and China (collectively referred to as the BRIC markets), from 1.21 billion in 2008 to 1.64 billion by 2013, according to a report published by Juniper Research.

Aided by the existing strong mutual interdependence and trading partnerships between these four countries – which are tapped to become the largest economies in the world by 2050 – this growth in mobile services uptake will be able to defy the general economic slowdown and recession that is already affecting other markets and regions arguably more exposed to fluctuating capital market conditions.

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January 28, 2009 at 17:15 Leave a comment

MTS reaches a subscriber base of 91.33Mn (Russia)

MTS, Russia’s leading mobile operator, has added 1.66 million new subscribers in the month of December’08, reaching the mark of 91.33 million subscribers. MTS subscribers in Russia totalled to 64.63 million, rising by 1.36 million at November end. MTS added 0.27 million subscribers in Moscow and reached the total of 14.91 million at December end. Subscribers in the rest of Russia totalled 46.46 million. In Ukraine, MTS added 12,000 subscribers in December, totalling to 18.115 million. MTS also has 5.65 million subscribers in Uzbekistan, 0.93 million in Turkmenistan, 2.02 million in Armenia and 4.32 million in Belarus.

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January 21, 2009 at 13:53 Leave a comment

MTS announces subscriber adds (Russia)

Russia’s largest cellco MTS added 1.36 million net new users to its domestic networks in December, taking its total customer base in Russia to 64.63 million. The firm also has consolidated operations in Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Armenia, with 91.33 million consolidated subscribers across the entire group at end-December, up from 89.68 million a month before. In addition, the unconsolidated subsidiary MTS Belarus has 4.32 million users, up from 4.23 million at 30 November.

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January 20, 2009 at 18:25 Leave a comment

Russia’s MTS picks Huawei for 3G Armenia network

MTS, Russia’s largest mobile phone service provider, has selected China’s Huawei Technologies to supply gear for its third-generation (3G) network in Armenia, the Russian company said on Friday. MTS said in a statement Huawei, China’s largest telecoms equipment maker, will supply base stations and controllers but gave no size of the contract. The carrier, part of services conglomerate Sistema, plans to launch the network this spring.

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January 19, 2009 at 16:01 Leave a comment

Comstar Soft Launches WiMAX Network in Moscow

Russia’s Comstar has soft launched a wireless broadband network in Moscow, which is based on standard 802.16e WiMAX technology.  The full commercial launch of the wireless network using the 2.5-2.7 GHz frequency range and based on Nortel technological solutions is expected to be implemented in the second quarter of 2009.Comstar invested approximately US$20 million in the project during 2008.The ongoing use of Comstar’s mobile WiMAX network will be free of charge during the test phase. Subscribers participating in the trial will be charged RUR 4,600 (US$146) for a USB compatible WiMAX adapter, and pre-pay a monthly fee of RUR 200 (US$6.30) for the first month of use following the full commercial launch of the WiMAX network. Participating subscribers will then also be eligible for a discounted ongoing tariff plan of RUR 200 from the date of the commercial launch for 2 gigabytes of internet traffic per month.

Details of the tariff plans subscribed after the end of the trial period following the full commercial launch will be announced in due course.Sergey Pridantsev, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comstar UTS, commented: The launch of mobile WiMAX services in Moscow makes Comstar a truly universal communications provider, offering a complete range of telecommunications services to customers in Moscow. The combination of the WiMAX network with our fixed line internet broadband access services enables us to create a unified communications space. Users will be able to remain connected at all times – at home, at work and on the move. The network will provide secure outdoor connection coverage across almost all of Moscow. We are meticulously testing the new WiMAX network prior to full commercial launch, in order to ensure the highest possible service and efficiency levels.

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January 16, 2009 at 18:17 Leave a comment

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