On 18 September 2015, at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the Russian communications operator, MegaFon, summarized initial results of the transfer of the Far East segment of its network to the RSCC satellites. Over the past year, MegaFon has more than doubled the use of satellite channels in the Far East. Transfer to the RSCC satellites has served to enhance the quality and reliability of MegaFon’s communications services, and increase data transmission speed against the backdrop of mobile data traffic growth by a factor of 2 or 4 in the northern regions of the Far East.
PАО MegaFon hosted an event for the media which was attended by the RSCC delegation. Alexey Vdovin, director of RSCC Commercial Department, old those present about the results of implementing the RSCC orbital fleet renovation program. He also shared information about the infrastructure projects under way in Russia in which the RSCC spacecraft and ground facilities are used, including the joint projects with MegaFon.
In MegaFon’s press-release it is stated that communications infrastructure in the Far East North may develop only with reliance on satellites. In the infrastructure of MegaFon’s Far East branch the satellite communications network is a key element. Most of the satellite equipment is located in the Kamchatka Krai (Territory). The Magadan Oblast and Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, as well as in the northern regions of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic and the Khabarovsk Krai.
Originally, MegaFon used the resources of international satellites. A year ago when the Express-AM5 was commissioned, the operator proceeded with the transfer of its network to the domestic satellites. Using the RSCC’s Express-AM3 (103oE) and Express-AM5 (140oE) satellites has positively impacted the quality of communications services available to the user in remote northern provinces of Russia.
Andrey Levykin, director of MegaFon’s Far East branch, says: “Our task is to provide users with quality communications services. To this end, we continually develop and enhance the existing network, and use any and all available options. Closer interaction with the Russian satellite constellation is precisely one of such options.”