Moscow, August 17, 2015. — Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation reports that first Internet access point was established in Beregovoy inhabited locality in Azov district in Rostov Oblast within the Universal Telecom Services Reform. It is planned to establish such Internet access points in 394 inhabited localities of Rostov Oblast with population from 250 to 500 people.
Fiber-optic communication bands with total length over 20 kilometers were laid in Oblast. Concrete support with total height of 10.5 meters with enclosure and all necessary equipment: Ethernet- and FTTH-commutator, Wi-Fi router of fifth generation, operating in ranges of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, antennas providing circular coverage up to 100 meters were established in inhabited locality with population of 350 people and located 40 kilometers from Rostov-on-Don. All equipment was produced by Russian company Rotek and is suitable for work in complex climate conditions. It is planned to lay 4.7 thousand kilometers of fiber-optic communication bands in Rostov.
Trilateral agreement on collaboration within the universal telecom services reform and program on elimination of digital divide between Minsvyaz, Rostelecom was signed on the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum on June 18, 2015.
The Federal law “On Communications” set a goal on elimination of digital divide. The Federal law №9 “On introducing amendments to the Federal law ‘On communications’” was signed by Vladimir Putin on February 3, 2014 and implies creation of Internet access points in inhabited localities with population from 250 to 500 people at the speed of at least 500 Mbps.
Minsvyaz plans to finalize constructing of fiber-optic communications bands within the universal telecom services reform in 11 regions of Russia in 2015. 1103 Internet access points will be established in 62 regions of Russia by the end of 2015. Unlimited Internet access at the speed of 10 Mbps will be provided at the fixed price of 45 rubles per month.