Telecommunications in Russia: evolution over 20 years

  • L F. Pau
  • International Journal of Electronic Finance, January 2013, Inderscience Publishers
  • DOI: 10.1504/ijef.2013.051756

Telecommunications in Russia: evolution 1993-2013

What is it about?

This paper analyzes and reviews the rapid transformation of Russian telecommunications and Internet operators over the past 20 years, from small town phone service suppliers, to top-5 ranking amongst global players, on its way to adopt electronic finance. The approach taken is a dynamic eco-systems oriented analysis of the past 20 years evolution, to identify disruptive strategy changes , and to assess their weight compared to a regulation based process in countries or regions having achieved a high economic impact of their telecommunications sector. The identification of the key disruptive changes allows studying stages in the evolution. In turn, the strategy dynamics driving the key players is mapped out. The comparative analysis identifies what Russia has done in a distinctively different way to major telecommunications and Internet countries, or not at all. On that basis, perspectives for the Russian telecommunications and Internet eco-system are elaborated. Such a study has implications on both the entrepreneurial approach and the regulatory approach in telecommunications and related industries.

Why is it important?

This historical analysis is important in many ways. First onhow to deliver communications services over a very wide territory in view of fast evolving technologies. Next, on the evolution from a state monopoly to a diversity of competing operators, especially in the mobile segment. Finally as a backgrounder on the ambition to use these assets as geopolitical means of influence.

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