Golden Telecom plans Wi-Fi launch

25 Jan 2007

Russian wireline telco Golden Telecom has said it plans to launch its Moscow-wide Wi-Fi wireless internet network on 1 February. The firm says the wireless LAN system, which incorporates 6,700 access points, will cover around 800,000 households, making it the largest city Wi-Fi network in Europe and the second largest in the world. More than 50,000 customers have already registered to sign up to the network. Golden Telecom CEO Jean-Pierre Vandromme commented: ‘By 2010, we expect to achieve a significant consumer market share, with approximately 300,000-400,000 subscribers.’ The telco previously concentrated on the business sector but is now moving into the residential market, announcing yesterday that it plans to begin offering national and international long-distance services at the start of next week.