Summa keeps it Real with ISP deal

10 Oct 2011

Fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) broadband provider Summa Telecom has announced that it has completed its acquisition of St. Petersburg internet service provider (ISP) Realnet, which currently offers FTTB services to around 10,000 subscribers in the Kirovsky, Krasnoselsky and Moskovsky districts of St. Petersburg. Ivan Prokopiev, general director of Summa Telecom, commented: ‘Due to the acquisition of the Realnet network, we have been able to reach almost 100% coverage of the Moskovsky, Kirovsky and Krasnoselsky districts of the city, while boosting the infrastructure development in the adjacent areas of St. Petersburg. In the context of the present-day St. Petersburg broadband access market, it is more feasible to purchase a network rather than to embark on new large-scale construction’. The technical integration of Realnet and Summa’s respective infrastructure is scheduled for completion in 1Q12.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Summa Telecom was established in 2005 with a view to deploying a next generation integrated communications systems capable of providing a complete range of fixed line voice and data services to metropolitan areas nationwide, and went on to secure a number of WiMAX-suitable frequencies in the 2.5GHz-2.7GHz spectrum band in 2006 – only to see them withdrawn by the State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC) in October 2010 under mysterious circumstances. Summa, which intended to roll out a 330 city WiMAX network across Siberia and the Far-East Federal District by end-2010, has subsequently concentrated on widespread FTTB deployments instead, and has rolled out fibre networks in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Lipetsk, Voronezh, Makhachkala and Rostov-on-Don to date.

Russia, Sumtel (owned by Rostelecom)