TransTeleCom (TTK), which is wholly owned by state railway firm Russian Railways, says its broadband subscriber base passed the one million mark at the end of 2012, up from around 435,000 in December 2011. The company’s aggressive growth has been driven primarily by its highly acquisitive strategy that has seen it evolve into a genuine nationwide player through deals for a number of prominent regional operators. Back in February 2012 TTK sealed a deal for Eleсtro-com, which operated under the ‘Spark’ brand name. Electro-com’s fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network reportedly passes around 700,000 households, spanning 920km. Alongside fibre-optic deployments across its footprint, TTK is also in the process of building out WiMAX infrastructure in a number of cities; in September 2011 TTK won a series of tenders held by Roskomnadzor for WiMAX frequencies in the 3400MHz-3450MHz and 3500MHz-3550MHz spectrum bands.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TTK was first established in 1997 to deploy backbone infrastructure along the national rail network while strengthening the country’s international connectivity through gateways in: the North-West – St Petersburg, connecting with Finland and Denmark; the East – Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Nakhodka, China, Japan and Korea; and the South – Novorossiysk, Turkey and Italy.