Rostelecom plans to claim 17% of the Russian pay-TV market by 2015, according to its deputy head, Aleksandr Protorov.
Quoted in CNews and Prime-Tass, he added that the value of the Russian pay-TV market in 2015 is likely to be $2.6 billion (€2.1 billion). Cable will account for $1.227 billion of the total, followed by satellite TV with $1.1 billion and IPTV with $324 million.
Rostelecom, which is part of the Svyazinvest holding, regards IPTV as highly promising and plans to build networks in Moscow, St Petersburg and other large cities.
Its satellite TV operations will meanwhile be developed in Russia’s regions, while the cable operations will be consolidated and seek to maintain their market share.