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 High Speed Downlink Packet Access protocol that allows data transmission up to 3.6 Mbps. The network currently covers downtown St. Petersburg and one suburb as well as railway stations and airports. MegaFon charges $0.2 per minute of a video call. It also offers a special monthly tariff of $40 for unlimited calls within its network, 500 minutes of outgoing calls to mobiles and fixed lines and 500 Mb of data transmission. On average, 1 Mb of data traffic costs $0.06 that is several times less than the current cost of GPRS data traffic in GSM networks.
There are less than 3 million 3G-enabled mobile phones in Russia. The two leading Russian mobile telecom operators Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and VimpelCom (BeeLine) are expected to launch their first 3G networks in 2008.