Tele2 finally settled its status of a federal mobile operator. Over the year, the company deployed the HD Voice technology on the 3G network in all regions of operations. In February, Tele2 started selling the first smartphone under its own brand – Tele2 Mini rapidly took leading positions on the Russian market. In 2H16, Tele2 released new branded devices − Tele2 Midi, Tele2 Midi LTE, Tele2 Maxi, Tele2 Maxi LTE. Tele2 continued 4G rollouts: high-speed wireless Internet became available in 10 more regions. In May, Tele2 launched Russia’s first LTE network in the 450 MHz spectrum in Tver and Novgorod regions. The LTE network under Skylink brand later appeared in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region as well as in Moscow Region. In November, the operator launched Wi-Fi Calling that allowed Moscow subscribers to make and take phone calls, send SMS at home tariffs.
Tele2 subscriber base counts 35 mn subscribers in 64 Russian regions. It took the company just a year to launch the network under its own brand in 22 new regions, high-speed wireless Internet became available in 60 regions. In September Tele2 became the first among mobile operators to provide LTE at all stations of the St. Petersburg underground. St. Petersburg is the first Russian city whose underground stations are covered with the 4G Internet. In October Tele2 entered Moscow Region where it launched the most up-to-date 3G/4G network. In 2015 Tele2 completed the project on integration of Rostelecom mobile assets. The start of operations in Moscow Region and a launch of high-speed wireless Internet gave Tele2 all opportunities for further active growth and development as full-fledged federal operator.
In February Tele2 and Rostelecom announced a merger of mobile assets and setting up a new federal operator on Tele2 basis. In March Tele2 got Rostelecom’s seven mobile subsidiaries under its operational and financial control: SkyLink, Nizhniy Novgorod Mobile Networks, Baykalvestkom, BIT, Volgograd GSM, Enisey Telecom and AKOS. In August Rostelecom brought in 100% of CJSC RT Mobile shares into the joint venture. New federal mobile operator Tele2 started providing services in over 60 regions, got control over 2G/3G licenses in all federal districts and a license for 4G spectrum over all Russia. In November the company launched 3G networks in St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk.
In March Swedish Tele2 AB sold its business to Russian VTB Group for further development and consequent sale of investment. In June Tele2 closed the deal on acquisition of the Voronezh operator Kodotel – the first M&A deal over a number of years. In summer Tele2 and the Scientific Research Institute of Radio (NIIR) carried out the second series of LTE testing in 1800 MHz in its network in Kaluga Region, whereas in December the Ministry for Communications introduced technology neutrality principle. In September the company received licenses to provide mobile wireless telecommunications services based on MVNO. In October VTB sold 50% of Tele2 shares to consortium of strategic investors. The FY13 subscriber base totaled 23.7 mn people.
In spring Tele2 successfully tested the LTE 1800 network - the first one in Russia. In autumn the Company launched operations in four regions of the Far East – the Jewish Autonomous Region, Magadan Region, Sakhalin Region and the Kamchatka Territory. Tele2 mobile network extended from the country’s westernmost region to its easternmost point. In September, Tele2 Russia's subscriber base exceeded 22 million people. Apart from operational achievements, Tele2 entered the Top-10 Russian employers and was ranked 8th in the list of best European employers within the large-size companies category.
Tele2 Russia was entitled to provide GSM-1800 services in other five Russian regions – the Jewish Autonomous Region, the Kamchatka Territory, Magadan Region, Sakhalin Region, and the Chukotka Autonomous Area. Thus, Tele2’s license area has expanded to 42 regions of Russia. In August 2011, Tele2 Russia's subscriber base reached 20 million people. In September, the company launched a major project to reshape its corporate identity.
In 2010, Tele2 Russia started to provide communication services in Kaliningrad Region. By year-end, the subscriber base grew to 18.6 million people. The rapid growth rates let Tele2 Russia win the "Company of the Year" national award in the "Telecommunications" category, and secure the "Successful Debut" nomination for the "Expert-400" rating. In December 2010, as part of optimizing the business, the company opened a Joint Service Center in Voronezh, which combined the finance, accounting and tax functions of all companies within the Tele2 Russia group.
This year was an active period of regional expansion. The company continued investing in construction, despite the difficult economic situation in the country. Throughout the year, Tele2 began to provide mobile services in all regions where it had a license, with the exception of Kaliningrad Region. At this time, Tele2 had cellular service licenses in 37 Russian territorial entities and served approximately 14 million subscribers. The company planned to expand its subscriber base to 18-19 million people within the next two years.
Tele2 decided to allocate a Russian business in new regions. The company bought a cellular operator in the Republic of Adygeya. Active work got underway to construct networks in new regions. In October 2008, the number of Tele2 subscribers in Russia exceeded 10 million people. In November 2008, Tele2 Russia acquired a cellular network in Kaliningrad Region and launched its own network in the Krasnodar Territory and the Republic of Adygeya.
Tele2 launched a network in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Novgorod Regions. At the same time, Tele2 sold its operations in Irkutsk, acquiring the privileged national roaming through the Beeline network in addition. In October 2007, Tele2 bought a cellular operator in the Krasnodar Territory. As a result of tenders for GSM-1800 licenses, the company acquired an opportunity to expand into 17 more regions within four federal districts. Tele2 Russia’s subscriber base exceeded 8.5 million people.
Tele2 bought four GSM-operators in Arkhangelsk, Murmansk and Novgorod Regions and the Komi Republic. In the same year, the Tele2 branded companies began operations in Lipetsk Region and the Komi Republic. Tele2’s subscriber base in Russia exceeded 6 million people.
Tele2 launched a GSM-network in Voronezh Region and bought a cellular operator in Lipetsk. The number of subscribers exceeded 3 million people.
Tele2 launched a GSM-network in Nizhny Novgorod, Kursk, Belgorod and Chelyabinsk Regions. The company bought a cellular operator in Voronezh Region. The company’s subscriber base exceeded 1 million people.
Swedish Tele2 AB entered Russian market. Tele2 Russia, its subsidiary company, launched its first commercial GSM-network in Irkutsk, Rostov, Leningrad, Kemerovo, Omsk and Smolensk Regions, the Republic of Udmurtiya and the city of St. Petersburg.