The Winter Olympics in Sochi generated more online video streams than any other Olympics in history, reports FierceOnlineVideo, citing figures from Akamai. During Sunday's hockey game between the United States and Russia, Akamai said that online video traffic peaked at 1.6 Tbps. At the same time, there was a correlating increase in malicious attack traffic higher than 200 Gbps.
Russian satellite TV provider NTV-Plus waited 11 days to announce that it delivered a live broadcast of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in Ultra HD, or 4K, format.
Russian mobile networks require urgent upgrades to cope with rising video traffic, with nearly 40 per cent of all videos shown over current 3G networks affected by stalling or buffering, mobile browser company Opera Software has revealed.
Russian operator Rostelecom approved the merger of its mobile assets into a joint venture with Tele2 Russia, confirming previous reports that the state-owned fixed-line operator would join forces with its rival in order to better compete with mobile heavyweights MTS, VimpelCom and MegaFon.
The latest versions of the Apple iPhone went on sale in Italy, Russia, Spain and more than 25 additional countries on Friday, but analysts warned that the new iPhone 5s and 5c models are still too expensive in many emerging markets including Russia, which has just reopened its doors to the Apple smartphone after previously giving it the cold shoulder.
After giving iPhone the cold shoulder earlier this year, Russia's leading mobile operators said they will start selling the new iPhone 5c and 5s models on Oct. 25, although only VimpelCom has signed a distribution deal with Apple.
Russia's No. 3 mobile operator VimpelCom has appointed Mikhail Slobodin as the new head of its Russian business, and said current head Anton Kudryashov is moving to the group's executive board to run business development from the company's head office in Amsterdam.
Rostelecom has commercially launched 3G networks in 21 Russian regions alongside one LTE network in Sochi, and said it is making good progress toward establishing future growth areas for the company.
Russian operator MTS reported earnings for the second quarter that beat analyst estimates, and said increased usage of mobile data services by its subscribers was largely responsible for the jump.
Rostelecom is reportedly planning to sharpen its focus on the mobile market in what is being described as a "strategic change of direction" for the Russian operator.