Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Svyaznoy Mobile (also known as Mobile Messenger), which is owned by independent handset retailer Svyaznoy and operates over the network of Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has reached the milestone of 700,000 subscribers, Russian website ComNews reports citing the retailer’s press liaison officer Maria Zaikina. The MVNO, which launched operations in November 2013, offers services via 3,100 stores in 900 cities across the country.
In an unrelated development, fixed line operator TransTeleCom (TTK) has begun offering broadband internet services in the town of Zabaikalsk, in the Trans-Baikal region close to the border with China. Marking the 28th area in the region to be hooked up with high speed internet and digital TV, TTK’s services cover about 1,800 households in 30 apartment blocks (or around 90% of residential apartment buildings) in the town, it said. Customers can sign up to broadband with speeds ranging from 3Mbps to 20Mbps and prices ranging from RUB700 to RUB2,000 (USD15.6 to USD44.5) per month, based on fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) technology.