All in all, 685 Russia's populated centres still have no telephone communications, Deputy Chief of the Federal Communication Agency Sergei Malyanov said during Tuesday's meeting of the Russian Communication Ministry's scientific and technical council.
In his words, public telephone booths were installed in all populated centres, which were designated by the federal targeted program aimed at the development of universal telecommunication services across Russia in the period from 2005 to 2007.
In the format of the program, about 15,000 phone booths were installed in 42,000 populated centres, which earlier have no telephone communications.
At the same time, another 685 populated centres were found out after consultations with local administrations, the Prime Tass economic news agency said.
The Federal Communication Agency has organised tenders among communication providers in order to sweep the aforesaid populated centres with the universal telecommunication services and to install phone booths there.