MTS is to take over the subscriber base of Raduga TV, the Modern Times Group (MTG)-backed Russian DTH platform that ceased broadcasting on December 5.

Quoting a source close to Raduga TV and confirmed by MTS spokesman Dmitry Solodovnikov, Tass and Comnews report that the two parties plan to sign an agreement today (December 9).

Further details of the transfer are expected to be announced shortly.

Raduga TV was launched in 2009 and covered over 90% of Russia.

It was the country’s fourth largest DTH platform as of Q2 this year and attracted interest from a number of companies, most recently MTS, before its closure.

MTS has just launched its own DTH platform and aims to become the second leading provider of satellite services in Russia after Tricolor TV within three years.