27% Russian city population use mobile Internet
N 3 April 2013

27% Russian city population use mobile Internet

Mobile Internet audience in Russia's larger cities increased by 35% in 2012 compared to the previous year, reaching 16.7 million people, or almost 27% of the cities' population.

The figures can be found in Yandex' new statistical bulletin, "Advancement of the Internet in the regions of Russia". The report is based on data from a few of Yandex' own services, FOM Public opinion foundation and the Technical Center for Internet.

Nearly half (49%) of mobile Internet users go online on a smartphone. In 2012, the share of other mobile phones dropped significantly to 34%, while that of tablet computers rose from 6% to 16%. About 60% of all mobile devices used to connect to the Internet run on Android or iOS (compared to 42% in 2011).

According to FOM data, Internet's monthly audience last Autumn comprised 61.2 million people above 18 years of age, or 52% of all of the country's adult population. Three thirds of those people (47 million) go online every day. Other research suggests 94% of people living in major cities have access to the Internet at home.

The growth rate of Russia's Internet audience is dropping, however, with most of the growth happening in the country's regions, as 86% new Internet users live outside Moscow and St. Petersburg. While Internet penetration rate in "the two capitals" practically froze at 70%, towns with population under 100,000 residents are responsible for most of last year's 5% growth. Russia's general Internet penetration rate is now estimated to be 52%.

As the average broadband Internet connection increased significantly, its price is now four times less than it was in 2011: 26 rubles (slightly less than $1) pe Mb/s. Internet is cheapest in St. Petersburg, and is most accessible in Moscow. The Far Eastern Federal District has both the least accessible and the most expensive Internet.