Tele2, which calls itself an “alternative mobile operator”, said that today it celebrates 30 years since the first call on a mobile phone in Russia. This call was made in the network of the Delta Telecom operator, which is currently part of the Tele2 structure.
On September 9, 1991, the mayor of St. Petersburg, Anatoly Sobchak, called the mayor of the American city of Seattle on his mobile phone. For 30 years, technology has gone far ahead. The phone on which Sobchak called weighed about 5 kg and had only a voice function. Today’s smartphones weigh 25 times less and have long ceased to be just a means of communication. These are personal assistants replacing a mobile computer, a player, a camera, a video camera, a navigator and even a wallet, and mobile communications and connection to the global network have become available to the mass user. This applies to both coverage and prices.
By the way, Tele2 reminds that in Russia the cost of mobile Internet is one of the lowest in the world, and domestic operators are constantly investing in the development and modernization of infrastructure. This thesis is illustrated by the following data: in 1991, in St. Petersburg, Delta Telecom began operating with seven base stations, and today Tele2 covers 96% of the population with 4G networks in the regions of its presence, 3G networks – 93%, 2G networks – 97 %. In 2019, a 5G pilot zone was launched in the center of Moscow. Now the company acts as a factory of virtual mobile operators (MVNO), offering a platform for connecting customers that does not have its own infrastructure. Tele2 networks are used by more than two dozen virtual operators.