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MTS MAINTAINS ITS LEADERSHIP IN THE RUSSIAN M2M/IOT MARKET

среда, ноября 30, 2016

MTS is the leading provider of M2M services in Russia, according to the latest report from Advanced Communications and Media (AC&M) on the M2M/IoT market in Russia. By the end of Q3 2016,  43% of SIM-cards used in different M2M solutions in Russia operated on the MTS network. 

MTS leadership in the market is underpinned by innovative large-scale projects in the automotive and energy industries. Since mid-2013 MTS has been developing Smart Car Insurance, fleet management telematics solutions, enabling customers to reduce the cost of their auto insurance. Each vehicle is fitted with a small device that captures vehicle performance statistics and driver behavior data, which is then transmitted over the MTS network. This solution evaluates customers’ driving behavior and allows insurers to determine the appropriate level of insurance premium based on the driver’s track record. Currently, around 30% of INTOUCH insurance contracts are being concluded with the Smart Car Insurance solution. 

In Russia today there are around 10 million connected IoT devices, a 30% increase from last year. These connections are found across many different industries, but are particularly prominent in the automotive and retail sectors. Many IoT devices are also used in housing & public utilities as well as the energy sector. The growth of the connected cars segment is a very promising development for IoT implementation in the mid-term, driven by the increasing number of potential users.

AC&M predicts that the Russian M2M/IoT market will grow at least 40% in 2017, measured by volume.

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MTS AND VIMPELCOM INCREASE MOBILE INTERNET SPEEDS THROUGH SPECTRUM SHARING

понедельник, ноября 28, 2016

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” or the “Company” – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, and «VimpelCom” PJSC (Beeline brand) announce the start of spectrum sharing in 4G-network in Cherepovetz (Vologda region) which allows to increase data transfer speeds available to the subscribers at peak speeds of 150 Mb/s. Vologda region became the first region where two operators united their spectrums within a large-scale project to jointly construct and utilize LTE networks in more than 30 regions in Russia.  

Sharing of the operators’ 10 MHz bandwidth in the 2600 MHz range spectrums will permit an increase in data transfer speeds over LTE networks up to a peak speed of 150 Mb/s.

In December 2015, MTS and VimpelCom signed an addendum to their agreement on the joint planning, development and usage of LTE networks, which they originally concluded in 2014 to unite their spectrum bands in 20 regions in Russia. In 2016, the list of the regions was expanded to 31.  Apart from Vologda region, in 2016-2017, the operators plan to unite their spectrum resources in other regions. 

The development of the project became possible due to adoption of amendments to the law “On Communications” that legislated the operator’s right to jointly utilize spectrum. 

“After two years of execution, our ambitious project with VimpelCom is entering its final stage – during the next year, we’ll unite our LTE networks on shared spectrums in more than 30 regions. The project allows us to minimize costs on construction and utilizing of the base stations, decrease the timeline for network launch and what is more provide our subscribers with the higher mobile internet speeds in modern LTE networks”, noted Andrei Ushatskiy, Vice President for Technology and IT. 

In December 2014, MTS and VimpelCom signed a partnership agreement to jointly plan, develop and use LTE networks in Russia in 36 regions in Russia. Under the agreement, in 2014 – 2016, MTS develops shared mobile data networks in 19 regions in Russia, while VimpelCom constructs networks in 17 regions.The agreement will last seven years with an option of prolongation. During this period, operators will share base stations, sites, transport networks and other infrastructure. The agreement will not preclude either company from develop their own networks in addition to shared infrastructure in the designated regions.

 

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MTS AND SAMSUNG LAUNCH WI-FI CALLING

вторник, ноября 15, 2016

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” or "the Company" – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, and Samsung Electronics, the global consumer electronics and IT company, announce the launch of Wi-Fi calling in Russia enabling subscribers to make voice calls wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection (Voice over Wi-Fi). 

Voice calls using the Wi-Fi calling technology do not require customers to install any applications. Once customers enable the Wi-Fi calling option on their smartphone, voice calls will be automatically redirected to the Voice over Wi-Fi format, with the Wi-Fi connection acting as a base station for the customer. The key difference from existing OTT services is that a voice call is still processed using a mobile operator’s network and for the subscriber it appears as an ordinary call from one mobile number to another.

Wi-Fi Calling technology enables users to make calls from locations that may be less well served by traditional cellular networks but where there is a stable Wi-Fi connection. The service is priced under current tariff plans as an ordinary call.

The service will launch in Moscow and the Moscow Region first and will be available initially to Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users. The service will then be rolled out over wider geographical coverage and an increasing range of devices over the course of 2017. 

Commenting on the launch of Wi-Fi Calling, MTS Vice President for Strategy and Marketing, Vasyl Latsanych, said: “Wi-Fi Calling represents a new step in the development of telecoms  infrastructure. This is one of the most promising technological solutions aimed at enhancing network quality and expanding the coverage of mobile services for subscribers. The technology means that every Wi-Fi connection point can act as one of our base stations. It enables us to provide our clients with high-quality services even in places without access to a cellular network, without costly investments in improving indoor coverage. MTS is pleased to be the first operator to launch Wi-Fi Calling in Russia and the timing is not accidental. We have closely examined the roll-out of Wi-Fi calling by our foreign partners, and as one of the most innovative global companies, we strived to be the first to provide this kind of service for our clients in Russia. Samsung was deliberately chosen as our partner to introduce Wi-Fi Calling as Samsung smartphones are traditionally among the most popular in Russia, so we are confident that this new service will be in high demand.” 

“Samsung Electronics’ mission is to create advanced products and services. We welcome the launch of innovative Wi-Fi Calling technology by our long-standing partner – MTS. Through this service, users of our flagship devices, Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, will be able to appreciate the high quality of the Wi-Fi modules installed in their smartphones for yet another purpose. In fact, it utilizes the same high-speed internet access but is aimed at solving a different problem – providing voice services in places where a traditional cellular network is not accessible for a variety of reasons,” – commented the Head of Samsung Mobile in Russia, Arkady Graf.

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MTS TESTS UPLINK CARRIER AGGREGATION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EASTERN EUROPE

среда, ноября 09, 2016

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” or "the Company" – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, announces successful trials of Uplink Carrier Aggregation technology for the first time in Russia and Eastern Europe. During the trials, the data transfer speed on the MTS LTE-network from a customer’s device to a base station more than doubled.

The trials took place on MTS’s commercial LTE-network in the Primorye Territory through the combination of 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequencies using Uplink Carrier Aggregation technology. 

The Uplink Carrier Aggregation technology allows to faster upload “heavy” content to the Internet, which is particularly important for gamers, video bloggers and users of video calls in messengers. The maximum speed reached during the trials was 48MB/sec, meaning that a 20-minute video in HD format can be uploaded to YouTube in approximately 2 minutes.   

«Today, operators compete in the field of high-speed mobile Internet on the basis of Downlink speeds. Recently however, we have seen traffic boom not only when we receive data, but also when we transfer content from smartphones and tablets. People share their photos and video more often than ever and files have become larger and of higher quality. Moreover, people are increasingly interested in services such as Periscope and Facebook Live, which enable live video streaming. Forecasting further growth in the volume of customers’ content, we tested various scenarios, to increase Uplink speeds on our commercial network under real-life conditions», — commented Andrei Ushatskiy, VP for Technology and IT at MTS.

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MTS DATING

четверг, ноября 03, 2016

MTS increases its presence in the digital world by presenting its new mobile app to introduce people to each other “MTS Dating”. This new service enables people to find a soulmate, chat and participate in conversations. 

MTS continues to create new opportunities for its clients through use of the  mobile internet on a smartphone. A mobile device is not only a wallet, an interesting book or favorite music, but also an opportunity to meet love.  Upon recently, MTS subscribers have actively used different SMS-services for their acquaintances. The number of smartphone users continues to grow, so we decided to offer this convenient and free service.   

A key source of revenue is embedded purchases: users pay for gifts, with the option of hiding personal information, as well as some additional services. While we are building our client base, our app will be free and internet-traffic will be charged according to a special tariff plan. In the future, additional options will be paid for.      

The mobile app will be available for smartphones users with Android or IOS OS. All clients regardless of their mobile operators can use the service.  

MTS has the largest pool of MTS-branded mobile apps among the “Big Three” operators. 21 MTS-branded services in B2C and B2B segments are currently available for customers, including “My MTS”, “MTS Music”, “MTS Books”, “MTS Connect” and others. 

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МТS AND NOKIA TEST END-TO-END IOT NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

среда, ноября 02, 2016

MTS, the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, and Nokia, a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things, have for the first time in Russia successfully tested end-to-end IoT solution.  

Experts at Nokia and МТS have demonstrated an innovative Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) radio interface, that supports broadband and narrowband device connectivity with the use of new radio chip. New communication standard allows to connect to one base station tens of thousands of devices in difficult radio conditions and operate the devices for several years without batteries replacement due to the greater network capacity, energy efficiency, and high sensitivity of radio modules. 

New infrastructure provides fast, cost-efficient, and secure connectivity, as well as integration, management and maintenance of all types of devices with different requirements, such as probes, sensors, meters, and cameras based on single operator's platform.

The tests included such IoT infrastructure use cases as video and acoustic monitoring, industrial data acquisition systems, as well as "smart home" sensors integrated on a single platform.

"Our cooperation with Nokia in breakthrough technologies is gaining momentum. Recently, under our collaboration agreement on 5G and IoT technology development in Russia, MTS and Nokia set data transfer speed at 4.5 Gb/sec. Now, the two companies together have successfully demonstrated the end-to-end IoT solution in live MTS network. The similar solutions will be available to our corporate clients next year for application in different areas and industries including manufacturing, public utilities, management and control, security, smart homes and healthcare. As the leader in the Russian M2M market, MTS actively monitors the latest developments in systems integration market and strives to offer its clients the broadest range of integrated IT and telecom services on a turn-key basis, where IoT solutions will take the central place" - commented Igor Yegorov, Director, Moscow Macroregion, for MTS.

"As part of the previously concluded 5G/IoT collaboration agreement we together with MTS are actively developing and testing new technologies and services. Internet of Things technologies are going to rapidly change our daily lives in all areas, from the professional to the social. The joint demonstration of IoT implemented on commercial equipment has shown the possible IoT application scenarios to improve the quality of our everyday lives that may be deployed in the operator's network and become available to our subscribers in the nearest future," said Demetrio Russo, vice-president, Market Unit East Europe at Nokia. 

 

Test details:

The demonstrated LTE network segment included virtualized core and cloud IoT device management platform, as well as open interfaces for data processing in user applications. 

Platform's flexibility in connection to business subscribers, as well as integration with cloud-based resources were enabled by innovative SDN (software-defined network) technology, whereas for retail subscribers the universal PON / Ethernet gateway supporting IoT ZigBee and Z-Wave protocols was used.

 

MTS and Nokia collaboration in 5G and IoT

Under the collaboration agreement on 5G technology development signed in May 2016, MTS and Nokia are working on a strategic plan of 5G and IoT solutions implementation and will deploy a test 5G network during international sport events in Russia in 2018. 

In September 2016, MTS and Nokia successfully carried out the tests of 5G technology achieving a record for Russia 4.5 Gb/sec in 200 MHz bandwidth. 

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MTS LAUNCHES THE INNOVATION CENTER

вторник, ноября 01, 2016

MTS launches the Innovation Center, a department that brings a new approach to business development through the launch of new products and services. The Center uses a flexible methodology for service development (the agile-methodology). The establishment of the Innovation Center will enable the timeline for launching new products to be reduced by 3-4 times. 

The agile-methodology assumes an interactive development of services, with a dynamic formation of tasks and execution by a team of experts with diverse profiles. Agile-teams are at the heart of the organizational structure of the Innovation Center. For each single project, a unique group is formed with employees from the company’s various departments to work exclusively on it - from the research stage to its commercial launch. The Innovation Center will unite the expertise of the entire MTS Group. The project teams will include experts from MTS, MTS Bank, NVision Group, MGTS and other subsidiaries. In order to reduce the timeline for introduction of new services to the market the company is also simplifying the key business-processes involved in their development. 

The pioneer projects of the Innovation Center will be in the area of Cloud Services and e-Health. 

Vladimir Khrenkov has been appointed as the head of the new department. Prior to this, he served as a Divisional Director within the Strategy, M&A and Corporate Development Department. The Innovation Center is under the direct supervision of MTS’s President. 

“MTS is not a traditional telecom operator anymore,” states Vladimir. Nowadays, we are successfully working in complementary areas such as IT. We offer a broad pool of proprietary mobile apps and services to our corporate clients at the crossroads of IT and telecommunications. These and other services beyond standard telecom products look promising. Such transformation assumes a faster response to changes in the dynamic markets where we operate. By launching our own Innovation Center, we are choosing a distinctive approach to service development through a combination of expertise, experience and professionalism under the leading telecommunications company in Russia with the simplicity of a start-up business process.”        

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ANDREY DUBOVSKOV ELECTED TO THE BOARD OF THE GSM ASSOCIATION

четверг, октября 27, 2016

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” or the “Company” – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia, announces that MTS President Andrey Dubovskov has been elected to the Board of the GSM Association (GSMA).

The Board of the GSMA consists of 25 representatives from the world’s largest telecommunications operators, as well as the Director General of the GSMA. Board representatives include the top managers of leading telecom operators such as AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Orange Group, Verizon, TURKCELL and many others.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Dubovskov as part of the GSMA Board. We look forward to working with Mr. Dubovoskov and our other Board members to promote the strategic priorities of the global telecom community and to find answers to the global challenges presented by the digital market." - commented GSMA Director General Mats Granryd.

“Serving on the Board of the GSMA is a great honor, and I look forward to representing both MTS and the markets, in which we operate. We have long believed that Russia and our neighboring markets have been at the forefront of innovation in telecommunications, whether it is the technical development of our networks, the regulatory environment in which we operate or the core relationship between customer and operator. As this relationship further evolves, we believe that our markets will present ample opportunities to benefit the GSMA and the overall work of our fellow operators.” - commented Andrey Dubovskov, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTS.

The GSMA represents the interests of telecom operators worldwide and combines around 800 operators, as well as nearly 300 companies that participate in the telecom market, including manufacturers of mobile devices and software, equipment suppliers, and companies in related industries.

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МТS DEVELOPS ITS MONOBRAND RETAIL NETWORK IN MOSCOW BASED ON BIG DATA

вторник, октября 04, 2016

Moscow, Russian Federation – PJSC MTS (NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications operator in Russia, announces the launch of a pilot project to utilize an impersonal analysis of high volumes of data for the development of its monobrand retail networks.  

By the end of 2016, MTS intends to open 10 monobrand retail outlets in Moscow, and the company will determine the location and the format of these outlets using Big Data technology. The multifactorial system of data analysis that MTS employs will allow the company to identify the most advantageous location, the best format, and the most favorable product portfolio for each outlet.  

By using Big Data for retail development, MTS has an opportunity to study consumer traffic in the area of the proposed outlet and analyze it objectively on a number of indicators. These include: 

Social and demographic factors;

The types of devices and operating systems being used;

Subscribers’ financial activity in the surrounding area; 

The duration of a subscriber’s presence in the vicinity;

The number of roaming subscribers; 

Volumes of voice and mobile internet traffic;

The concentration of the digital environment and popular internet resources.

Taking all of this information into account, experts at MTS can determine the appropriate size of each outlet and the number of employees required to staff it.  They can then select the portfolio of devices and accessories, plan sales and promotion activities, and identify the outlet’s priorities from the mobile, fixed, and banking services that MTS offers.

Igor Egorov, Director for the Moscow Region said, “The preliminary results of our Big Data analysis are very encouraging, though a little surprising, because they suggest new locations for outlets that differ from those initially considered. We decided to test this method in actual conditions as we believe it will improve the quality of service we provide for our subscribers and satisfy their expectations regarding the portfolio of products and services that we offer.”

MTS Retail network in Russia

MTS’s proprietary retail network is the largest non-grocery retail chain in Russia. In H1 2016, the number of MTS outlets grew by 30% year-on-year to 5,700 stores. Since the start of 2016, MTS has long been cooperating with brands such as Beats, Celly, Meizu, BQ, Highscreen, Prestigio, while other brands, including Huawei, Samsung, Asus, HTC, Alcatel, Philips, JBL, Sennheiser, Plantronics, and Jabra, have all increased their supply volumes.

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RESEARCH ON ROAMING IN RUSSIA DURING THE SUMMER

четверг, сентября 29, 2016

This summer season, tourists travelling within Russia increased their usage of mobile data by 2.5x compared to the previous year. Mapping services became the most popular apps.

Tourism within Russia became more popular this summer: Russian tourists travelled outside their home region 5% more often than during the previous summer, while the average stay in other regions increased from seven to eight days. In autumn, average trips outside of one’s home region usually last between 3-5 days.

Every second traveler in Russia is an active mobile internet user, while 90% of those users browse using a smartphone. Only 7% of tourists use a tablet for this purpose. The average number of roaming mobile data users increased 15% over last summer. Total data consumption by tourists increased by 2.5x.

In summer 2016, the profile of internet consumption during vacations changed. For the first time, mapping services became the content category with the highest demand; traffic to these servers tripled y-o-y and reached up to 7.2 petabytes. Social networks were the second most popular content category, as measured by the volume of traffic consumption, followed by video content.

Access to mapping services via a smartphone has become a fundamental requirement for travelers. Smartphones now serve as a navigator during road trips in Russian provinces and are used as a tool to explore urban areas in search of local sights. Some maps, such as those provided by Yandex and Wikimapia, even contain unique content created by local residents.

Traditional mobile services were also in demand: the total amount of outgoing calls increased 1.3x y-o-y, while the number of outgoing SMS messages rose by 10%.

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