The Institute of Economic Strategies of the RAS published its annual list of the most strategic telecommunication companies providing telecommunications services in Russia. It includes companies that have demonstrated strategically successful solutions and rapid growth in 2013. This year they used an expansive definition of “telecommunications company”, that included also IT-companies engaged in the development of telecommunication solutions.

With an enviable constancy fourth year in a row the leading position of the ranking are occupied by: “Mobile TeleSystems” (AAA, 72.8) - 1st place, “MegaFon” (AAA, 71.8) - 2nd place, “Rostelecom” (AAA, 71.0) displaced from the third place “VimpelCom” (BAA, 70.6), that also lost the AAA rating status. The group of companies “Gars Telecom” closes the top five, confirming the effectiveness of the strategic decisions by the confident indicators – AAA rating status, index of strategic importance 70.0.

As for the second five, the changes are also inconspicuous. Its position improved the following companies: “TransTeleKom” (AAV 68.4) (6th place against 8th in 2012) and “ER-Telecom” (ABA 67.1) (7th place against 11th a year earlier). They have outrun the companies “Russian Satellite Communications Company” (ABA 67.0) (#8 this year) and “Tele2 Russia” (ABB 66.7) (#9). The company “Caravan” has strengthened its position in 10th place. And “Skartel” (ABB, 65.3) has left the top 10, coming down from 9th to 11th place.

In addition, the center of ratings and certification of the Institute of Economic Strategies outlined the industry trends and represented the market growth drivers for 2014.

One of the most notable trends – the spread of LTE infrastructure. The very important tendency is also the development of the Over the Top (OTT) technologies. “This applies primarily to the delivery of television and video signal to the consumer. We are talking about both ordinary broadcasts and video on demand”. The analysts agree that the OTT technology may compete with Pay TV, and eventually press it up very much.

As for the Russian telecommunications market, in general it “follows the market of developed countries in all the trends with a certain lag, and very likely in the future it will repeat the dynamics of the markets of developed countries”. There is a rapid development of mobile broadband sector, the share of revenues from voice services reduces, giving way to the revenues from providing mobile data transmission. The income from sending text messages, which include SMS, as of yet is growing up. Obviously, in the next two years, this type of income will be the main income of mobile operators. The promising areas, according to the predictions, are public cloud, the corporate Ethernet, IP-TV and IP-services driven by the voice.

***

Group of companies Gars Telecom (founded in 1999; http://www.garstelecom.ru/) – federal operator of fixed-line services with a complete set of licenses and its own resources. The portfolio of operator’s products provides a full range of traditional communications services, as well as a pool of additional services - FMC, cloud services, support for corporate networks, outsourcing. The numbering capacity exceeds 25,000 numbers.

Since 2003 Gars Telecom has worked on the model of the virtual mobile operator for the corporate sector (MVNO, Mobile Virtual Network Operator). Host operators – Beeline, MegaFon.

The company exclusively sells in Russia specialized telecom solutions for the commercial real estate market and is the author of a unique business model of international form BLEC (Building Local Exchange Carrier). In addition, it develops telecom-consulting practice in Russian development market.

The bank of Gars Telecom projects in commercial real estate exceeds 8.5 million square meters and includes more than 500 objects.