The Russian national telco Rostelecom is ready to step in to play a key role in the country’s transition to digital broadcasting.
According to AKTR and Tass Telekom, Rostelecom signed a cooperation agreement with the national transmission company RTRS back in May allowing for the possible usage of the telco’s infrastructure to deliver digital TV services.
This now looks increasingly likely to happen following the failure of the Express-AM4 satellite, which was launched on the night of August 18 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, to reach its planned orbital position.
At this stage it remains unclear as to whether or not the satellite is considered as lost.
Russia aims to have DTT signals available to around a third of its population by the end of this year.