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The number of mobile telephone communication subscribers in Russia is exceeding 100 million now
The number of mobile telephone communication subscribers in Russia is exceeding 100 million now and will near 120 million by the end of the current year, according to forecasts, Minister of Information Technologies and Communication Leonid Reiman said in an exclusive interview with Itar-Tass on Monday. Reiman is a member of the Russian delegation on an official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan that was launched on Sunday. The minister noted that from the moment the first telecommunications companies emerged in Russia the number of mobile communication users in the country has been annually increasing two times and even more. According to Reiman, Russia is currently the world’s leader in the growth tempo in this sphere. The IT minister is certain that the investment capacity of the Russian market of information technologies (IT) and communication is “rather large.” He recalled that in 2000 when the currently implemented 10-year programme of the Russian telecommunications market development was created it envisaged 33 billion US dollars in investment for the period. “Then it seemed to be rather a fantastic figure,” Reiman said. “Many believed then it was practically impossible to achieve,” the minister said. Nevertheless, Reiman noted, investments made in the country’s telecommunication sector last year alone reached some 4.5 billion dollars and on 2005 results, according to preliminary information, will reach some 6.5 billion dollars. The average IT market growth tempo in Russia has been 30-40 percent a year over the past several years, the minister said. According to forecasts of the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communication, the volume of this market will reach about 40 billion dollars in 2010. Reiman believes, “Rather good prospects for the development of the market, for the export of software products and for domestic consumption will persist in the future.”
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