Internet provider ER-telecom holding ceded leadership to its subsidiary AFK Sistema. MTS rose to the first place in the IV quarter of last year. ER-telecom for the first time in eight years became the second in the number of subscribers, report “Vedomosti”.
Leader has changed among private Russian Internet providers
By the end of the year, MTS had 3.84 million broadband users (home broadband access), while ER-Telecom had about 3.83 million. The overweight was about 10 thousand subscribers, according to the report of the Telecom Daily agency, which the publication refers to.
At the same time, the MTS subscriber base is growing much faster, the analyst says. ER-Telecom is adding almost 7 thousand subscribers per quarter, MTS – an average of 100 thousand subscribers.
Telecom Daily explained the results of the report by the difference in the tactics of providers. Over the past five years, ER-Telecom has been actively buying up the assets of other major providers, including InterZet, Novotelecom, Tomtel and others. In 2016–2017 alone, the provider bought about 20 companies in various regions, spending almost 14 billion rubles. The MTS user base is growing due to the reconnection of subscribers from other companies.
In the overall standings, ER-Telecom is on the third line. The state-owned Rostelecom is in the lead with 12.35 million subscribers.
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