Alexander Provorotov, the general director of Tele2 Russia, has confirmed that the company has launched a mobile TV service as it looks to play catch-up with the so-called ‘Big Three’ which already offer it on their networks. Provorotov says that as a result of the launch, Tele2 Russia 3G customers in St Petersburg will be able to receive the service, while elsewhere, customers on either 3G or 4G will be provided with mobile TV. The operator has already launched 3G in St Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Chelyabinsk, and in Tula it has launched a 4G network as it holds no third-generation frequencies. It also plans to roll out 3G and 4G networks in Moscow in 2015, he confirmed.
Tele2 Russia’s mobile TV app lets Android subscribers watch both domestic and foreign TV channels on their device; it intends to add an iOS version in the near future. Users are charged a subscription fee of RUB10 (USD0.19) per day to access mobile TV.