Russian mobile operator, Tele2 announced that its national and international roaming usage and traffic has increased phenomenally this year. Its national mobile data roaming traffic surged 60-fold compared to the same period last year, between June and August. The increase took place as the operator opened up, in May, for subscribers to use mobile Internet for national roaming at their home region’s tariffs.
Tele2 started operations in Russia in 2003 when it launched GSM network in several regions. Since then, the operator has launched high-speed wireless Internet in 57 Russian regions.
As for international roaming, Tele2 notes that its data traffic rose by 24% as compared to last summer. In terms of voice and messaging, the number of phone calls doubled as compared to June-August last year. At the same time the number of SMS sent from all over the world increased by 34%. Tele2's international roamers most visited travel destinations were Kazakhstan, Finland, Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Poland, Estonia, Uzbekistan, Moldova and Greece, said the Operator.