3G Strategic Leadership Seminar: workshop examines
evolution of Russia’s mobile market
06 JUNE 2006: An industry workshop held this week in Moscow has assessed the expected
technological, regulatory and socio-economic impacts of 3G mobile networks on Russia’s telecoms
industry and end-users.
Jointly hosted by the Russian 3G Association, the Open Mobile Alliance and the UMTS Forum with
the support of Informa Telecoms & Media, the 3G Strategic Leadership Seminar offered delegates a
unique insight into the drivers for the successful uptake of 3G services in Russia.
The opportunities for successful 3G rollout were examined in the context of current 3G/UMTS
deployments globally, with practical examples provided of operator and vendor strategies in other
territories where 3G/UMTS has already been deployed. Today, there are more than 70 million
subscribers to over 110 operational 3G/UMTS networks worldwide based on W-CDMA radio access
An invited audience of network operators, manufacturers and administrations was welcomed by
Vladimir Gorbachev, Deputy of the Russian Federation State Duma who noted that the Russian
Federation as a part of the world community has consistently implemented latest-generation
infocommunication services and modern technologies. As well as directly affecting manufacturing and
service industries, these have also had a profound impact on social structure, economics and policy.
Boris Antonyuk, Deputy Minister of Information Technologies and Communications of the Russian
Federation, greeted participants at the event: “The only way to ensure successful development of the
market for high speed data transmission and infocommunication services is the implementation of new
cellular network technologies”.
Chief of the Federal Agency of Communications Andrey Beskorovainiy emphasised the significance of
infocommunication services implementation. In his address to delegates he pointed out the increased
role of Russia’s 3G Associatio