“Rostelecom is the largest provider of digital services in Russia. The company has more than 157K employees, it is also the government’s largest and most active partner in the digitalization of the economy, operating across industries and developing industry-specific digital platforms,” Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Rostelecom President Mikhail Oseyevsky, presidential web page reports.
“Rostelecom’s strategy aimed at transforming a conventional telecommunications operator into a digital company allowed to deliver on all communication-related demands from both individuals and businesses,” Mikhail Oseyevsky noted. “97% of households should receive broadband internet access by 2030.”
Along with expanding domestic operations, Rostelecom sees:
“Additional opportunities for working on international markets. Global traffic and data volumes continue to increase, and Russia can provide the simplest and most reliable method for transmitting these volumes from Europe to Asia. In this connection, we are launching a major project to lay a modern high-speed line from Russia’s western borders to Vladivostok, as well as an underwater cable to Hong Kong and Japan. The ambitious project is to receive investment worth about RUR 40 bln ($550 mio). There are plans to use 50% of this line’s capacities for our domestic needs, and the rest will transmit international traffic generating non-commodity export revenues.”
Government e-services are a major area of Rostelecom’s operation.
“We are aiming at being able to serve at least 100 mio users per day,” he said. “Every adult in Russia will be able to apply for certain online government services on a daily basis.”
Besides, according to Oseyevsky:
“A major experiment will be launched on September 1, led by the Education Ministry, to create a digital learning ecosystem. We will be actively involved. Under the project, remote learning management systems will be tested, providing the possibility of online classes for schoolchildren in remote locations. The ecosystem will include a special email service for children, chat and messenger tools, as well as modern digital content.”