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Comstar Sees New Nortel VoIP Solution in Russia as Latest Stage in "Hyperconnectivity" Era
|16 октября 2008|
Having obtained long-distance access area codes earlier this year, Comstar is now eager to begin offering long-distance telephony. It has indicated that it sees the Nortel Carrier VoIP solution facilitating local, inter-zonal, inter-city and international telephony services.
As well as voice telephony, Comstar will offer broadband internet access, IP TV services and other data transmission related solutions. No financial details of the deal have been disclosed, although the agreement is the latest in a number of partnerships between Comstar and Nortel, which have seen the provision of a Moscow WiMAX network and a US$14-million next-generation network (NGN).
Voice Services Add to Comstar's Strategy: The launch of VoIP services enables Comstar, traditionally an internet operator, to begin offering long-distance voice telephony. An indication was given that it was adding voice services to its portfolio when it pursued, successfully, licences for long-distance provision, earlier this year, following liberalisation of the national market back in January 2006. Through its 56% ownership of Moscow fixed-line incumbent MGTS, Comstar generated US$266 million from voice telephony, in the first half of 2008, out of total revenue of US$834.2 million. The roll-out of VoIP services will now allow Comstar to extend voice services across regions throughout the country, and as such, represents an extra strand to the operator's strategy. To date this strategy has been largely broadband-focused, with plans in place to increase ARPU through provision of its premium-rate Moscow broadband services, increase subscriber numbers through uptake of its low-end, MGTS-branded mass market services, and expand regionally through strategic acquisitions.