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Golden Telecom and Corbina Telecom are already one year ahead of schedule and will double the number of cities within ”Triple-65” project to be wired by the end of 2007

11 октября 2007

In the company’s original FTTB project plan, 7.9 million households with a total population of 23.9 million people in 12 cities were planned to be covered with the fiber-optic networks by the end of 2007. Today, the companies are 50% ahead of the original plan and by the end of 2007 will cover 11.6 households with a total population 34.9 million people in 24 cities.

Golden Telecom and its subsidiary Corbina Telecom announced the results of the first stage of its “Triple-65” project – the rollout of fiber-optic networks in major cities of Russia using ‘Fiber-to-the-Building’ (“FTTB”) technology.

In the last three months, Golden Telecom and Corbina Telecom added almost 65,000 broadband subscribers in the most competitive market of Moscow. The companies added 184,600 subscribers in 2007 in total increasing the number to 299,600 by the end of September 2007.

In Russia, during the previous three months, Golden Telecom and Corbina Telecom added approximately 86,000 new broadband subscribers. During the first three quarters of 2007, the total amount of subscribers for both companies increased by 243,400 to 383,400.

Commenting on these achievements Mr. Jean-Pierre VANDROMME, CEO of Golden Telecom said: “We have already doubled what we originally planned. We have been able to accelerate the rollout of the FTTB network and are currently at least a year ahead of our FTTB project original schedule by capturing 50% of the total incremental subsidiaries in Moscow where we are the fastest growing company in terms of broadband subscribers”.

In the second quarter of 2007 Golden Telecom began testing IPTV services based on Corbina Telecom’s infrastructure. IPTV technology is based on a Microsoft platform providing greater flexibility and interactivity than other IPTV services, including more than 100 channels and offering such services as “video on demand” (“VoD”), “time shift TV”, “Personal Video Recorder” (“PVR”) and other additional services.

The IPTV services are currently available to Corbina’s Moscow broadband subscribers. In the next 6 months, the services will be available in more than 20 regions including St.-Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Saratov, Nizhniy Novgorod and the Moscow Region.

“The infrastructure of our broadband network in Russia, where the overall broadband penetration is only 9%, is at the beginning stage of its development and far behind similar projects in  developed countries”, - says Mr. Alexander MALIS, General Director of Corbina Telecom. “Our FTTB project is the biggest in Europe and by 2010 we will be able to eliminate the gap in the use of up-to-date technologies and bring Russia to the leading position among the most developed broadband markets in the world”.

According to Mr. Malis’s estimates approximately 25-30% FTTB customers are expected to subscribe to IPTV services by 2009.

Источник: «Голден Телеком»

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