Lagardère launches Christmas special in Russia

Lagardère Active is to launch a Russian version of its popular French Christmas channel, La Chaîne du Père Noël. The Russian channel, Telekanal Deda Moroza, will be launched a few days after the French channel’s launch on December 1. The service will be available on Rostelecom’s IPTV network in Russia, making it avaialble to about […]

Rostelecom names new Urals chief

Russian service provider Rostelecom has named Anton Kolpakev as vice-president and director of its Urals macro-region.  Kolpakev replaces Rustem Safayev, who has been appointed CEO of Bashinformsvyaz, the largest telecom operator in the Republic of Bashkortostan. Kolpakev previously served as CEO of Rostelecom between 2009-10.

Rostelecom places large orders for IPTV set-tops

Russian telco Rostelecom is to place orders for 656,000 IPTV set-top boxes. Three companies, SmartLabs, Promzakaz and UZ Promsvyaz, have secured contracts to supply boxes to the service provider. SmartLabs will supply 47,000 Interactive TV Standard Plus boxes with advanced DVR functionality and 304,500 standard boxes. Promzakaz has been contracted to supply 182,700 standard boxes, […]

Rostelecom launches first smart TV app

Russian service provider Rostelecom has launched its first smart TV app for the LG platform. Rostelecom’s Zabava TV app will enable owners of LG smart TVs to watch over 120 public and commercial channels in digital quality as well as providing an EPG, live pause and rewind, and a three-day catch up TV service. Channels […]

Rostelecom to focus on fixed line and content

Russian service provider Rostelecom is likely to adopt a new strategy focused on its fixed line business, including wireline broadband and TV, and to seek a partner for its mobile activities, according to local reports. Rostelecom president Sergey Kalugin told reporters on Friday that the fixed line business accounted for 90% of the group’s revenues […]

Tricolor TV tops Moscow digital league

Russian DTH pay TV provider Tricolor TV is now the leading digital pay TV service in the lucrative Moscow market, according to figures compiled by analyst group Telecomdaily. According to Telecomdaily, Tricolor TV had 548,000 digital subscribers in the capital at the end of June, compared with 502,000 for former market leader Akado. When analogue […]

Russian government looking to rivals for Rostelecom privatisation

The Russian government may look to offer a majority of service provider Rostelecom’s shares to its three main rivals in order to privatize the company without letting it fall into foreign hands, according to local reports. The government is looking to realize approximately US$5 billion (€3.8 billion) from the sale of Rostelecom. However, according to […]

Rostelecom launches TV service for Android devices

Russian service provider Rostelecom has launched a new Zabava TV app for Android  devices, giving access to a range of popular TV channels and video-on-demand services. Zabava TV on Android includes 116 Russian and international TV channels, including Eurosport, Zee TV, National Geographic, Discovery Science and TLC. Rostelecom is also offering movies on demand from […]

Rostelecom names new strategy and investor relations chief

Russian service provider Rostelecom has named Maria Florenteva as vice-president, strategic planning and investors relations. Florenteva was a founder of WebMediaGroup, where she was responsible for finance, corporate development and shareholder relations. Previous to that, she was director of corporate development at NTC, owned by Rostelecom.

Rostelecom appoints vice president

Russian telco Rostelecom has appointed former Siemens and Tele2 Russia executive Kai-Uwe Mehlhorn as vice president, overseeing financial and economic matters.  Mehlhorn worked in various financial roles at Siemens between 1992 and 2007. Since then he has served as chief finance officer at Tele2 Russia and as deputy director general for financial and economic affairs, […]