Russian nationwide fixed network Rostelecom has finalised a new wholesale contract with mobile operator VimpelCom (Beeline Russia) worth RUB4.37 billion (USD64 million) which grants the latter access to Rostelecom’s duct infrastructure, towers and buildings for installation of mobile network equipment, reports Telecompaper citing Vedomosti. The contract – valid until the end of 2019 – will replace several existing infrastructure leasing agreements between Beeline and Rostelecom.
In other company news, Rostelecom’s North-West division has begun selling Power Line Communications (PLC) adapters for connecting to the telco’s ‘Interactive TV’ IPTV set-top box service directly through the user’s electrical socket outlet, in areas including St Petersburg, Telecom Daily reports. A set of two PLC adapters (sending and receiving) costs RUB1,999, payable in instalments. Rostelecom currently claims to have over 60% of the national Russian IPTV subscriber market.