Russia


MTS sees pay TV base flatline

Quad-play service provider MTS has seen its Russian pay TV subscriber base fall slightly year-on-year, which the company said was due to its redefining the subscriber base of acquired companies in line with its own practices. MTS had 2.637 million pay TV customers at the end of June, down 0.1% year-on-year. The company’s fixed-line broadband […]

SES and Gazprom boost Russian satellite capacity

The amount of satellite capacity available for Russia has increased thanks to a deal signed between satellite operator SES and Russian fixed satellite service operator Gazprom Space System (GSS). SES has re-located its Astra 1F satellite, previously positioned at 51° East, to the orbital location 55° East. GSS will use 16 Ku-band FSS transponders on […]

Sistema looks to expand Stream TV

Russian media firm and pay TV operator Sistema Mass Media, the owner of pay TV service Stream, is eyeing the launch and acquisition of a number of new television channels through its Stream division. This comes as the company announced its latest financial results. 
”In the TV division, the [company] intends to increase its base […]

MTS names marketing chief

Russian quad-play service provider MTS has named Vasily Latsanych as vice-president of marketing. Latsanych was previously director-general of MTS Ukraine. He replaces Mikhail Gerchuk, who is taking on a new role within the group. Separately, MTS has completed the building of a fibre-to-the-building network in the city of Engels in the Saratov region of the […]

MegaFon to look again at Akado

Russian mobile operator MegaFon will look again at the possible acquisition of cable operator Akado later this month after failing to agree on a price in previous negotiations, according to local reports. According to business daily Vedomosti, citing sources close to the company’s board, in July MegaFon discussed the possible acquisition of Akado for an […]

MTS acquires FTTB operators

Russian service provider MTS Group has acquired four companies providing broadband and TV services via fibre-to-the-building networks in the Tula region in southern Russia, according to local reports. The services, which operate under the Altair brand, were acquired for RUB680 million (€16 million) including debt. According to the reports, the hold a 72% of the […]

IPTV launch in Novosibirsk

Russian IPTV service provider West-SibTranstelekom has begun offering digital TV services in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, according to local reports. The company is offering broadband services and a range of TV channels, using the Netris IPTV platform. The company plans to expand its activities to other cities in western Siberia.

VimpelCom to develop networks in Yakutia

Russian service provider VimpelCom has signed an agreement with the Republic of Sakha (also known as Yakutia) in Siberia to cooperate on the development of communications in the region. In addition to developing its 3G mobile network, VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, will integrate its operations with local cable operator Helios TV, a […]

Akado adds Dozhd’ TV

Russian cable operator Akado has begun broadcasting Dozhd’ TV. The channel, which airs a mix of news, culture and factual programming, will be available in Akado’s Mix and HD packages.

Sistema given go-ahead for Kosmos TV merger

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has given a green light to AFK Sistema, owner of service provider MTS, to take full control of pay TV service provider Kosmos TV by acquiring the 50% stake held by state broadcasting organization RTRS, according to local press. Sistema and RTRS are currently engaged in talks about the acquisition of […]

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