Russian national operator Rostelecom has rolled out Ethernet technology in ten Siberian cities, namely: Tomsk, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Chita, Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk and Barnaul. According to Telecompaper the deployment has been carried out in association with Moscow-based systems integrator NVision. The project is expected to significantly improve the range of services offered to corporate subscribers. Rostelecom has also completed a simultaneous Ethernet rollout in eight districts of the Volgograd region. Last month the telco’s CEO Alexander Provotorov confirmed that the telecoms giant had opted not to acquire a 25% stake in the NVision Group, despite the transaction being approved by its management back in April 2010. Although Rostelecom remains interested in expanding its IT services, the CEO indicated that the company favours pursuing partnerships with equipment suppliers.