ER-Telecom to invest in infrastructure, mulls international growth

Russian telco ER-Telecom plans to invest over RUB6 billion (€150 million) in infrastructure this year, matching its investment in 2011, according to CEO Andrei Semerikov, interviewed by the Prime news agency. ER-Telecom currently operates services in 42 cities, covering 35 million people, having added 15 cities last year. Semerikov said the operator did not plan […]

Paramount Comedy rolling out in Russia

Viacom will launch its Paramount Comedy channel in Russia in April. The localized service will be programmed with Russian and international content and target the 18-34 demographic. In conjunction with the launch announcement, Viacom said it has hired a new ad sales manager and channel boss for its Russian services. Mikhail Nepomnyaschy joins from Disney […]

MTS chooses Teleste for nationwide digital TV infrastructure

Russian service provider MTS is deploying Finland-based technology company Teleste’s Luminato video headend platform and Teleste Broadcast Manager service to the MTS nationwide digital TV headend network. MTS plans to convert all its networks to digital by the end of next year. The company is digitising headends to enable the operator’s subscribers throughout all Russian […]

Tricolor TV CEO Basov to leave company

Pavel Basov, the CEO of Russia’s leading pay TV operator Tricolor TV, is leaving the company. Basov joined Tricolor TV last April as commercial and strategy director, before being named as CEO in September, charged with developing a new strategic direction for the company. He was credited with leading the company’s recovery from the financial […]

Russian digital pay TV universe grows

Digital pay TV subscribers in Russia numbered 10.3 million at the end of 2011, representing penetration of 19%, according to a survey by research group Telecomdaily. Including analogue, total pay TV subscribers in Russian number 26 million, according to Telecomdaily. Telecomdaily predicts that digital pay TV subscribers will grow to 14 million households by the […]

Tatarstan to begin DVB-T2 tests

The Russian republic of Tatarstan is to begin test broadcasting in the DVB-T2 format in the capital Kazan this quarter, according to the head of the National Agency for Press and Mass Communications, Marat Muratov. Muratov said that digital-terrestrial TV would cover the entire territory of Tatarstan by 2014. The republic will broadcast the nationwide […]

Russia to weigh options for public broadcast service

Russia is moving ahead with plans to develop a public television service, with detailed plans based on two possible models to be presented to President Dmitry Medvedev by March 1. The first option envisages the creation of a public TV channel based on an existing service, while the second would see the creation of an […]

Rostov to get digital TV by end of year

Russia’s Rostov region will see the launch of digital-terrestrial TV by the end of this year, according to the regional government. The region will begin broadcasting the first country-wide digital multiplex, comprising eight free-to-air national channels – Pervyĭ Kanal, Rossiya-1, Rossiya-2, Rossiya -24, Rossiya-K, Karuselʹ, St Peterburg’s Channel 5 and NTV – and one regional […]

Krasnoyarsk to begin digital transition next year

Digital broadcasting is to begin in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region next year, with transition in the region expected to cost RUB2.78 billion (€60 million), according to the regional government. Krasnoyarsk reportedly aims to rely on local manufacturers to supply equipment, including decoders, for the transition to digital TV, with a consortium of broadcast equipment manufacturers, including […]

Tricolor nears 10 million subscribers

Russia’s leading DTH operator Tricolor was present in 9.5 million households at the end of 2011. The operator added 2.1 million subscribers during the course of the year, up 31% on the previous year. It has announced ambitious plans to increase its subscriber base by 30% and its revenues by 15% this year.

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