Russia launched its first mobile telephony network in Crimea, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation informed in follow-up of the videoconferencing meeting under the chairmanship of Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev concerning the development of telecom services in Crimea.
Among those who participated in the meeting were Nikolay Nikiforov (Russia's Minister of Communications and Mass Media), Sergey Aksenov (acting head of the Republic of Crimea) and Sergey Menyailo (acting governor of Sevastopol).
N.Nikiforov informed that Crimea had seen intensive development of a new telecom infrastructure in recent months. Besides, the bulk sale of Russian SIM cards (+7) was launched on the peninsula in June. About 800 thousand such SIM cards have already been sold, their aggregate stock including the points of sale reaching ca. 1.2 million. "The SIM cards are available to customers without any limit," the minister was quoted as saying in the statement.
The Minister also said that the first Russian operator Win Mobile had completed the installation of own switchboards in Crimea. The switchboards have been put into operation in full compliance with the Russian legislation.