Russian round-up: expansion for Yota, TTK, Rostelecom, ER-Telecom

15 Aug 2012

Russian fixed network operator TTK has begun expanding its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) broadband services in two regions (oblasts), Perm and Lipetsk. This week TTK revealed it is rolling out FTTB in the town of Yelets – with a population of around 110,000 – in the Lipetsk region, having previously launched FTTB in the (oblast capital) city of Lipetsk. Simultaneously, TTK has announced the beginning of an FTTB rollout in the city of Chusovaya in Perm oblast, initially spanning around 40 apartment blocks. The Chusovaya deployment is being carried out by the company’s Ural division, which previously launched FTTB in Solikamsk and Berezniki in Perm oblast.

Wireless broadband operator Scartel, which offers services as Yota, is reportedly planning to expand its services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology ‘soon’, writes Telecompaper citing RIA Novosti. According to the local news source, Yota’s commercial LTE network could soon be launched in Vladimir, Kazan, Kostroma and Krasnoyarsk. In related news, however, Yota has decided to delay its plan to switch its existing WiMAX-based services in St Petersburg over to LTE, as it says it is taking customers longer than originally expected to swap handsets/devices.

Elsewhere in Russia, Perm-based multi-service operator ER-Telecom has launched its IP-based home entertainment services under the ‘Dom.ru TV’ banner in an additional three cities, St Petersburg, Kazan and Saratov. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that by March 2012 ER-Telecom operated in the corporate and residential markets of 42 Russian cities, up from 27 at end-2010.

Another fixed network provider, Rostelecom, has also revealed expansion plans this week, publicising the upcoming launch of a project to provide broadband internet access services for a total of 51 remote villages in the Yamal region, with a collective population of around 60,000. Meanwhile, in another announcement, Rostelecom’s far-east subsidiary, Sakhatelecom, has begun work on a project to migrate its ADSL-based broadband internet users in Yakutsk, Neriungri and Mirniy to Metro Ethernet connections.

Russia, ER-Telecom (Dom.ru), Rostelecom, Scartel (Yota), TransTeleCom (TTK)