MTS and Comstar to test fixed-mobile convergence

31 Jul 2006

Telecommunications operators controlled by Russian holding vehicle AFK Sistema may start testing fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services in April-May 2007, according to Cellular News quoting Sergei Shchebetov, general director of Sistema’s telecoms division. FMC services are likely to become available to 5,000 users in Moscow, Shchebetov said, adding that operators were currently working on the introduction of a universal message centre, a ‘single number’ service and VoIP services. AFK Sistema controls Russia’s largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), fixed line providers Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) and Comstar Unified Telesystems (Comstar UTS), as well as 50% stakes in CDMA operator Sky Link and long-distance carrier Multiregional Transit Telecom (MTT).