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Amazon planning to increase Indian investment to $5bn, says Bezos

Amazon Indiae-commerce giant Amazon is planning to invest a further $3bn in India on top of the $2bn it committed last year and plans to develop a Web Services Cloud Region based in Hydrabad, its CEO Jeff Besoz has told The Christian Science Monitor referring to Chief Executive Jeff Bezos. The new centre (more…)

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Vkontakte surge helps Mail.Ru overtake Yandex in Russian e-commerce table

VKontakteA 44.2% revenue surge in its Vkontakte social media business has pushed the Group ahead of Yandex for the first time in the latest rankings table published by Forbes Russia this week. According to the magazine, Russia’s top ten ecommerce companies by value are now: (more…)

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Chinese consortium eyes up Norway’s Opera Software in $1.2bn deal

Opera SoftwareShares in  Opera Software rose 5.4% last Friday amid rumours that a group of Chinese companies had reached an agreement to acquire the Norwegian developers of the Opera Internet browser for $1.2bn. The consortium includes (more…)

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Russia’s Yandex search engine to open for business in Iran

Communications Ministers Nikolai Nikiforov and Mahmoud Vaez (Iran)Russia’s largest domestic search engine Yandex is to set up business in Iran, the Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi announced after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Nikiforov in Tehran on Sunday. The two countries also (more…)

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Russia gives Google one month to lift third-party restrictions

New google logoRussia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has given Google until the 18th of November 2015 to lift restrictions on the pre- installation of third-party apps on new mobile devices running the Android operating system which it says (more…)

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Yandex to become default search engine for Windows 10?

Yandex CEO and Founder Arkady VolozhWindows 10: Yandex CEO and co-founder Arkady Volozh would like to see his software replace Bing as the default search engine in all desktops and portable devices sold in Russia running on Microsofts’ new Windows 10 operating system.
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FAS rules in favour of Yandex Google anti-trust suit

google logoGoogle anti-trust suit: Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) yesterday accused Google of abusing its market position in the country and said that it was likely to face penalties as it released its preliminary ruling on the anti-trust suit filed by the US giant’s domestic Russian competitor Yandex in February.
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Rosatom offers Google storage beside nuclear power plant


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Russian internet advertising bucks trend as print and TV suffer

Outdoor advertising MoscowRussian internet advertising grew by 9% year on year in the first quarter of 2015, bucking a trend which saw advertising revenue in print drop by over 30 % , on TV by 22%, on radio by 25% and by 27% in the outdoor sector. Even (more…)

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Uzbekistan plans state-funded social media network

Uzbekistan skyscapeUzbekistan plans state-funded social media network: Convinced that popular social media sites such as Facebook, Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki and are seducing the country’s youth, the country’s State Committee for Communication and Information it is to launch its own network. “Protecting young people from the negative impacts of alien ideas and movements is an urgent task, and these ideas spreads mainly (more…)

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Internet copyright tax proposal circulated by Russian Ministry of Culture

Russian Ministry of CultureInternet copyright tax: The Russian Ministry of Culture last week published a draft law proposing the introduction of a so-called copyright tax on internet usage. Under the terms of the proposal, internet users would be granted a global licence giving them unlimited use of any content, including movies, music and books, for a monthly fee of RUB25 ($0.4) or an annual fee of RUB300 ($4.73). The collected money would be distributed among copyright holders. The bill allows for exemptions from the tax for certain groups including pensioners, the disabled and students.

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Google beating Yandex as Android secures 70% of mobile market

google logoGoogle beating Yandex: Russia’s online population increasingly prefers using Google to Russia’s indigenous search engine Yandex, according to a report released Tuesday by investment firm Morgan Stanley. (more…)

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Spotify abandons plans for Russian launch and dismisses CEO elect

SpotifySpotify, one the world’s most successful musics streaming sites, has abandoned its plans to launch in Russia and has dismissed CEO-elect Alexander Kubaneishvili . In a letter to the company’s would-be Russian partners, Kubaneishvili put the decision down to  “the economic crisis, the political situation and the new laws governing the internet.” Gazeta, Instant     Read More»

Inflight wifi report puts Aeroflot in 7th place – ahead of Emirates

Global State of Inflight Wifi

Global State of Inflight Wifi


Inflight wifi: Outside of the US, passengers flying with Aeroflot have a better chance of getting a wifi connection than travellers on airplanes flown by Emirates, Japan Airline or Qatar Airways according to Global State of Inflight Wifia new report from the search engine Routehappy. Wifi is rapidly becoming a standard service on airlines across the globe, Routehappy’s Director General Robert Albert said last week; 24% of travellers on international flights can expect to get connected to the internet in mid-air while that number rises to 66% in the US – representing a 300% rise over the past 18 months. The international market leaders in the wifi table are Scandinavian Airlines, Icelandair and Norwegian. Izvestia Read More»

MTS announces plans to take on Skype and WhatsApp



MTS, Russia’s leading mobile phone operator has announced plans to launch its own chat application to take on Skype and WhatsApp, MTS spokesman Dmitry Solodovnikov told RIA Novosti this week. The new service would provide a range of multimedia services including file exchange, calls and video conferencing via a single application integrated with the user’s telephone number and social network pages, he said. MTS has invested over $1.5m in the new which will initially be available to subscribers and is to be rolled out in Moscow within the next six months. The Moscow Times 
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Azerbaijan seeks outside investors for high-speed broadband rollout

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Elmir Velizade Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies

Azerbaijan seeks outside investors: The government in Baku is looking to sources other than its sovereign wealth fund to finance the roll-out of its high-speed broadband infrastructure, its Deputy Minister of Communication and High Technologies Elmir Velizade said this week. About 70% of the population currently use the Internet with about 50% using broadband, and the aim of the roll-out is to provide access across Azerbaijan in its entirety at a cost of at least AZN450m (US$572m). Azernews     Read More»

Altel to spearhead Kazakhstan’s seven-year 4G network drive

altel3Kazakhtelecom subsidiary Altel is to spearhead Kazkhstan’s drive to improve its telecommunications infrastructure with a KTZ105bn project that will expand 4G (LTE) mobile broadband internet networks across the country over a seven-year period. The project will be jointly funded by Kazakhstan’s Development Fund and the Samruk-Kazyna sovereign wealth fund, Kazakhtelecom’s majority shareholder. (more…) Read More»

Russian internet market forecast to increase 30% by 2020

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EU calls Yandex in Google anti-trust case

google logo EU calls Yandex: ThEU’s competition authorities have formally requested evidence from the Russian web giant Yandex regarding a potential new antitrust case against Google, this time over the bundling of Google services with Android. The investigation centres largely on the all-or-nothing bundling and prime placement of the U.S. firm’s GMS proprietary apps and APIs within Android. (more…) Read More»

Google and co to be encouraged to localise their Russian operations

Maxim Ksenzov Federal serviceGoogle: Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor is joining forces with the Association of Electronic Communications (REAC) to work on ways to stimulate the ecommerce sector and to encourage some of the world’s largest search engines, ISPs and social media sites to establish a physical presence in the country.Talking on Friday, Roskomnadzor’s Deputy Head Macksim Ksezov said that they were putting together a series of initiatives that would encourage companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to localise their Russian operations. (more…) Read More»