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Archives for October 2007

Beeline and MTS are The Best Russian Brands in 2007

Files under: Mobile
Posted by: Quintura @ 20:18 [30. 10. 07]

Russia may be known to the world by its vast natural resources but when it comes to building a brand the Russian mobile phone operators lead the race. According to Interbrand Zintzmeyer & Lux’s third annual ranking of 40 most valuable Russian brands arranged by brand value, Beeline and MTS are the most valuable brands [...]

RuTube Is The Russian Answer to YouTube

Files under: Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 17:09 [27. 10. 07]

The user-generated online video market is still nascent in Russia but there is one online video community website that stands out. RuTube, which was launched a year ago by a team inspired by Google’s acquisition of YouTube, became the number one independent online video community in Russia with 150 thousand daily users and more than [...]

3G Finally Comes to Russia

Files under: Mobile
Posted by: Quintura @ 22:12 [25. 10. 07]

The city of St. Petersburg is the first to have a 3G mobile network in a 147-million country. MegaFon, Russia’s 3rd leading mobile telecom operator with over 34 million subscribers, has launched 3G services in the country’s 2nd largest city St. Petersburg. MegaFon’s tag line is ‘The Future Depends on You“. MegaFon utilizes UMTS with [...]

TV Click is The First ‘Pure’ Internet TV Venture in Russia

Files under: Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 16:00 [24. 10. 07]

While the broadband Internet access service providers actively roll out their triple-play (Internet, TV, and telephony) networks in major Russian cities and make prices affordable to mass market, they face a shortage of online TV content to meet demand from their subscribers. TV Click is the first ‘pure’ Internet TV service provider that has been [...]

The Russian Social-Networking Is Taken Over by Copycats

Files under: Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 15:40 [24. 10. 07]

Bebo and MySpace may be the tsars in the U.K. and U.S. market, respectively, but the Russian social-networking space grab is just underway. Since early 2007, the Russian copycats of Facebook, Classmates, and LinkedIn has taken over the market by storm. The market leader Vkontakte.ru (whose user interface below will look very familiar to users [...]

Is The Russian Internet Up For Sale?

Files under: Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 15:20 [24. 10. 07]

The Russian Internet M&A and private equity market is getting hot. Here is an overview of major deals that recently occurred. The leading Russian online employment website HeadHunter and private equity investor Digital Sky Technologies each acquired 20% of Free-lance.ru, an online workplace for freelance specialists, for an estimated sum of $0.4 million. Free-lance has [...]