Rostelecom OJSC (the "Group") (MICEX - RTS: RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY), Russia`s
national telecommunications operator, announces that the Group has launched
another commercial 3G+ network in Primorsky Krai, through the Group`s
subsidiary, ZAO "AKOS".
More than 140 new generation base stations have been installed, supplying more
than 55% of the Primorsky Krai population with 3G networks, covering
Vladivostok, Artyom, Ussuriysk, Nakhodka and Arsenyev. The Group plans to roll
its 3G network out in Spassk-Dalny, Bolshoy Kamen, Partizansk, Lesozavodsk,
Slavyanka Dalnegorsk, Fokino, Anuchino, Mikhaylovka, Chuguevka and other
communities across the region.
Rostelecom`s 3G network has been installed using HSPA+ technology providing
transmission speeds of up to 21 MB/s. The network is therefore 3G+, as the first
3G networks in Russia only supported transmission speeds of up to 3.6 MB/s.
Within 2 days of the network`s launch in Primorsky Krai, internet traffic across
Rostelecom`s networks in the region doubled. Prior to the network`s launch, new
subscribers and existing customers were incentivized to utilize the Group`s new
network through special rates and internet traffic packages.
Konstantin Voloshin, the General Director of ZAO "AKOS", noted: "With the launch
of our 3G+ network a new range of opportunities and data transfer speeds have
become available to Rostelecom (ZAO "AKOS") subscribers. These include the
possibility of video-calling, watching videos online, using GPS and maps,
downloading files and quick internet browsing."
Rostelecom is constructing 3G mobile networks in 27 Russian regions. In total,
the company is planning to establish 8,000 base stations. Ericsson and Huawei
are providing technical equipment and solutions for the project. In 2012,
Rostelecom launched a 3G network in Irkutsk Oblast (ZAO Baikalwestcom).
Rostelecom and its subsidiaries, NCC CJSC, BWC CJSC, ETK CJSC, Sky Link CJSC,
Volgograd-GSM CJSC, AKOS CJSC and Wireless Information Technologies LLC, provide
mobile services in 59 Russian regions to over 13.5 million subscribers.
For more information please visit www.rostelecom.ru or contact:
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Tel. +7 (499) 995 97 80
Rostelecom (www.rostelecom.ru) is Russia`s largest national telecommunications
operator with presence in all Russian regions. The Group is a universal operator
and undisputable leader of broadband and pay-TV markets in Russia with over 9
million fixed-line broadband subscribers and over 6 million pay-TV subscribers.
As Rostelecom develops its mobile data networks, its position as a major mobile
operator is growing with over 13 million currently subscribed to Rostelecom`s
mobile voice services. The Company currently has approximately 28 million local
fixed-line voice subscribers and it is the leader in the corporate and
government services segment. The Group is also an important innovator that
provides solutions in the field of medicine, E-Government, cloud computing and
Rostelecom was assigned a `BBB-` and `BB+` international credit ratings by Fitch
Ratings and Standard & Poor`s respectively, both with a `Stable` outlook. The
Group generated RUB 238.7 billion of consolidated revenues, RUB 94.0 billion of
OIBDA (39.4% of revenues) and RUB 30.6 billion of net income for the nine months
ended September 30, 2012.
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