Key Events

January

21 January
MegaFon launched an FVNO 1 project with local internet providers enabling them to monetise their built but unused port capacity with 30% to 50% greater efficiency.


February

26 February
MegaFon was the first Russian operator to announce the launch of international 5G roaming services.


March

3 March
MegaFon commercially launched the MegaFon Cloud platform, which is fully certified in accordance with the requirements of government regulators and can be used by commercial and government customers.

25 March
MegaFon was the first operator in Russia to provide support for the advanced Enhanced Voice Service 2 codec for iPhone, which is used to support superior quality voice services in 4G networks.


April

8 April
MegaFon launched its updated Digital City Twin solution, which allows regional authorities to keep more accurate records of municipal land uses.

10 April
MegaFon upgraded its infrastructure to enable faster online video and TV services.


May

15 May
MegaFon partnered with a global gaming brand

20 May
MegaFon launched a new tariff line Always in Touch #NoOvercharges, becoming the first operator to offer data rollover plans that do not expire to subscribers.


June

5 June
MegaFon launched its own MegaFon Podcasts platform – the app can be downloaded and listened to without consuming mobile data.

10 June
MegaFon and Booking launched a joint campaign offering a 100% discount on the monthly subscription fee to subscribers on any tariff plan who book and pay for a hotel stay of any duration within Russia.

25 June
MegaFon launched an online water monitoring solution for water utilities to automate quality control processes.

August

12 August
MegaFon launched a new solution for online commerce players, Mobile ID, enabling online platforms to offer their users a simple and convenient way to log in using a mobile number.

20 August
MegaFon launched sales of SIM cards through Yandex.Lavka.

September

23 September
As part of the #NoOvercharges tariff line, MegaFon launched the Minutes Saver option, saving customers paid minutes to use them at any time later.


October

28 October
MegaFon became a co-owner of START, the fastest-growing video service in Russia.


November

16 November
MegaFon 1440 was launched, focused on exploring the use of low orbit satellite systems to deliver high data speeds.


December

16 December
MegaFon updated the #NoOvercharges main tariff line, making on-net calls available with a zero balance.

18 December
MegaFon issued a special offer for retirees – a 20% permanent discount off any plan within its main #NoOvercharges tariff line.

Events after 2020 year-end:

22 January

Khachatur Pombukhchan was appointed Executive Director of MegaFon.

10 February
USM Telecom and MegaFon teamed up with partners from Uzbekistan to establish a joint venture, Digital Holding, set to become the technology leader in Central Asia’s largest telecoms market.

12 February
MegaFon, Mail.ru Group, USM, Russian Direct Investment Fund and Ant Group signed documents to establish joint ventures in payments and financial services.

19 February
MegaFon provided speed over 1 Gbit/s in international 5G roaming.

25 March
MegaFon was the first telecom operator to launch a multifunctional Cyber Intelligence Platform solution.

  1. FVNO stands for Fixed Virtual Network Operator.
  2. stands for Enhanced Voice Services, also known as Enhanced HD Voice, or 3GPP coding standard/EVS codec.
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