Rostelecom named the leading provider of public WiFi by TMT Consulting
Moscow, Russia – April 6, 2021 – Rostelecom group (MOEX: RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY), the largest integrated digital service provider in Russia, today announces it has been named the leading provider of public Wi-Fi access points in 2020, according to estimates by TMT Consulting, an independent consulting agency.
According to TMT Consulting, there were 178,000 public Wi-Fi access points by the end of 2020, an increase of 7% over the year. Revenue from Wi-Fi services in 2020 amounted to RUB 7 billion, an increase of almost 2% compared to 2019.
TMT Consulting confirms that Rostelecom maintained its position as the leading provider of public Wi-Fi access points for the second year in a row, by providing more than 52,000 WiFi points (excluding the BDD project). The number of points in 2020 increased by 15.5%, leading to a 15% increase in related revenue for Rostelecom, driven by customers accessing broadband from sites associated with the banking and healthcare sectors.
“Rostelecom's solution enables companies and individual entrepreneurs to provide wireless Internet access to employees and visitors using Wi-Fi technology that is compliant with Russian legislation. The service is provided on a turnkey basis, with equipment and identification systems that are available throughout the country. We continue to grow the offer by supplementing access with a range of integrated solutions, including wired Internet access, digital television, mobile communication services and virtual private networks.”
Today, wireless internet is an integral part of life and communication. Owners of laptops, tablets and smartphones need Internet access anywhere, and Wi-Fi is becoming a must-have service in any service and business enterprise.
Rostelecom has extensive experience in deploying large-scale Wi-Fi networks, as evidenced by the operator’s provision of services to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. During the tournament Rostelecom’s free Wi-Fi services were accessed by more than 144,000 football fans in football stadiums, with a further 43,000 people connected in fan zones across Russia. Users from 137 countries around the world successfully connected to the service during the championship, without a single error registered.