Rostelecom, one of the largest telecoms providers in Russia, managed to double the number of subscribers for its IPTV service over the course of last year to reach a very respectable 1.4mn, accounting for roughly half of the country’s IPTV market, according to its latest results filing.
Rostelecom’s total pay-TV customer base was much higher at 6.6mn (up 12%), with the majority of these being served cable TV thanks to its partnerships with cable operator NTK, in which Rostelecom holds a majority stake. NTK operates in eight cities including Moscow.
The telco had reached 8.5mn residential subscribers for its broadband services by the end of 2012, up 12% from one year earlier, and giving it a 40% share of the country’s B2C broadband market. Among these were 2.8mn subscribers to fibre broadband services (up 33% y-o-y).