Title: Telecommunications in Russia: evolution over 20 years

Authors: L-F. Pau

Addresses: Copenhagen Business School, Solbjergplads 1, DK 2000 Copenhagen F, Denmark; Rotterdam School of Management, Postbus 1738, NL 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Abstract: This paper analyses and reviews the rapid transformation of Russian telecommunications and internet operators over the past 20 years, from small town phone service suppliers, to top-10 ranking amongst global players, on its way to adopt electronic finance. The methodology chosen is dynamic eco-systems analysis of the past 20 years' evolution, to identify disruptive strategy changes and to assess their weight compared with a regulation-based process in countries or regions having achieved a high economic impact of their telecommunications sector. The comparative analysis identifies what Russia has done in a distinctively different way to major telecommunications and internet countries, or not at all. Such a study has implications on both the entrepreneurial approach and the regulatory approach in telecommunications and related industries.

Keywords: telecommunications industry; Russia; electronic finance; e-finance; fixed operators; mobile operators; internet; strategy; economic development; entrepreneurial approach; regulatory approach; entrepreneurship; regulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEF.2013.051756

International Journal of Electronic Finance, 2013 Vol.7 No.1, pp.48 - 81

Published online: 28 Jan 2013 *

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