Rostelecom will introduce 700 base stations per month, but in Moscow last


    There was interesting information from Rostelecom. Yesterday at a press conference he announced that he was entering the mobile communications markets of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and that he had more than 2 thousand ready-made mobile base stations and planned to commission 700 stations each month , but the launch of a 3G network in Moscow was planned for the 4th quarter 2013 year .

    “In the first quarter, we plan to launch 3 cities, the main launches will be in the 2nd quarter of 2013, and we plan to launch Moscow and the region in the 4th quarter of 2013,” said Ivan Zima, technical director of the company. The launch of the first mobile base station in New Moscow is scheduled for December 4, and today the operator begins testing 3G network elements in St. Petersburg.

    As for LTE networks, according to Zaitsev, now the company continues to choose the regions in which this technology will be developed next year.

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    Rostelecom’s appearance in Moscow may cheer up the market, where Beeline, MTS, and Megafon feel comfortable, and at the same time it kills hopes for Tele2 to appear here.

    Over the past 2 years, there has been a tendency to increase prices for mobile Internet and encourage subscribers to switch to unlimited subscriptions with a fixed monthly subscription - in tariffs with megabyte consumption, operators introduced rounding of sessions and increased the cost of 1 megabyte so that it rarely makes sense to use them. In turn, the minimum monthly payment for mobile Internet is regularly increasing .

    The reasons for this are often called the need to return investments from building LTE networks and purchasing new equipment, although it is possible that one of the main reasons is the increasing use by subscribers of VoIP and OTT services like Whatsapp, iMessage, Facetime and Viber, which They allow you to communicate for free and in a more convenient way, as a result of which subscribers send less SMS and less call.

    Whether the arrival of Rostelecom in Moscow and Petersburg will have a significant impact on the state of affairs is a big question.

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