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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

MTS has been working extensively in the region of Tatarstan to introduce and deliver innovative technological change through a range of exciting partnerships. We are helping to transform the economic potential of the region, stimulate talent and ultimately improve the quality of life for Tatarstan’s citizens. 

Having previously announced this news at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February, MTS has now opened an R&D Center in the Techno park "Innopolis" in partnership with Ericsson. The Center is designed to develop a wide range of innovative solutions using 5G, IoT and Big Data technologies.  

At the opening ceremony of the R&D Center, we also announced that we have signed several agreements with partners to boost innovative development across the wider Tatarstan region.

Building on our successful “Smart City” partnership agreement in St. Petersburg, we have committed to working closely with city administrations throughout Tatarstan to digitalize urban infrastructure. We now have strategic development agreements with the municipalities of Arsk, Almetyevsky and Innopolis. These partnerships were created in an effort to develop innovative “Smart City” infrastructure across the region. 

We are excited to be launching NB-IoT network pilot zones in these cities to test IoT solutions, many of which were created in the joint MTS and Ericsson R&D Center in Innopolis. The NB-IoT network is best suited for data collection, analysis and management, as well for the remote monitoring of devices. The launch of these networks in Tatarstan will allow us to test and implement high-tech IoT-based products and services in the region. These are essential building blocks for “Smart City” development used to improve security solutions, revolutionize transport and environmental monitoring, and encourage digitalization in various industries and government agencies.

Another way we are supporting and driving innovation in the Tatarstan region is through our partnership with KAMAZ, a leading Russian manufacturer of trucks and engines headquartered in Tatarstan. We are developing mobile communication networks to support KAMAZ-engineered self-driving vehicles and industrial IoT solutions. KAMAZ is the largest manufacturer of heavy trucks in Russia and a recognized leader in the driverless vehicle industry. Our telematics solutions will be used in KAMAZ’s vehicle navigation systems. 

We are also rolling out 5G mobile communication networks to provide support for KAMAZ’s driverless vehicles through the launch of pilot zones in collaboration with the KAMAZ Research and Technology Center. Furthermore, MTS and KAMAZ will jointly develop and implement industrial IoT tech solutions for the automation of manufacturing processes at KAMAZ’s plants. Ericsson, our R&D Center partner, will also act as a telecommunications equipment supplier in the creation of the communication networks for these driverless vehicles. Through the KAMAZ partnership we hope to test and develop technology like our ready-to-use 5G ecosystems with the prospect of eventually rolling this network service out more widely across Tatarstan. 

Alexey Kornya, President and CEO of MTS, commented, "Breakthrough technologies come about through the intersection of collaborating industries and individuals. Close affiliations between research, business and universities can transform innovative ideas into real products.  In order to accelerate the launch of our technological solutions, we set up our R&D Center in Innopolis with Ericsson. To ensure our Center was committed to a number of concrete projects, we chose to develop Smart City solutions with a number of City administrations of Tatarstan and to sign the agreement with KAMAZ. MTS and Ericsson are actively working on applications for 5G, IoT and Big Data technologies. We are confident that our joint R&D Center, with the support of the Tatarstan authorities, will become a natural hub for partners, leading enterprises and universities to develop and implement innovative commercial products. In the future, we intend to replicate our successful solutions in other regions of Russia, and we hope to develop the most successful solutions offering available on the global market."



Friday, April 20, 2018

MTS Internal Control and Audit Department has successfully passed an independent external appraisal that confirmed its compliance with international professional standards of internal audit and the Code of Ethics of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).  The Standards include Managing the Internal Audit Activity, Independence and Objectivity, Proficiency, Quality Assurance and Improvement Program, Task Performance, Communicating Results, Problem Solving Monitoring, Risk Management, Code of Ethics. The Institute of Internal Auditors is the internal audit profession's most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

In cooperation with Medsi Group, Russia’s largest private national healthcare chain, MTS has launched SmartMed, a telemedicine platform developed to host digital medical products and services.
The first product to be launched on this platform is the SmartMed app. SmartMed allows customers to arrange consultations with MEDSI doctors by video call or instant message from anywhere in the world. The app allows users to speak to a doctor directly from home or in an emergency, call a doctor and an ambulance, make appointments to MEDSI clinics, and keep medical data in a smartphone. The app provides up-to-date information on MEDSI clinics and doctors, allows patients to see their online and offline consultation history (from the date they registered with SmartMed), and keeps a secure record of all the documents that have been saved by the patient or sent by the doctor, including prescriptions and test results.

The joint MTS and MEDSI app connects patients not only with general practitioners, pediatricians and therapists, but also with the most popular specialties - allergists, otolaryngologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, cardiologists and others. The choice of specialists advising patients online through our app will continue to expand going forward: from next month, the list of specialties will increase to about 20.

SmartMed users can be confident that their personal data is stored in a secure segment of the MTS cloud infrastructure #CloudMTS. To protect this data, we use a set of specialized security solutions, including a system of certified cryptographic communication channel protection, anti-virus protection, the counter threats to prevent unauthorized access, and vulnerability analysis software.

Alexey Kornya, President and CEO of MTS, commented, "Today, we launched a telemedicine platform that will serve as a base for the development of additional services in the digital medicine space, a strategically important business area for MTS. Our goal is to develop digital solutions, which encourage and promote preventative medicine, and help to educate patients about their health. We are currently exploring the possibilities of introducing solutions in the fields of early diagnosis and online health monitoring. We are also developing an automated data analysis system which will provide individual patients with personal recommendations. We actively support innovation in the field of medicine, and we work with Russian universities and technology start-ups in this space. We have opened a Master's program in telemedicine at the Moscow Polytechnic University, launched a digital medicine branch of the MTS Startup Hub, and promoted studies on the introduction of telemedicine in coordination with the Higher School of Economics. Research supports our optimistic forecasts that there will be considerable growth in digital medicine in the coming years both in Russia and globally."

Elena Brusilova, Presidentof Medsi Group commented, “The development of telemedicine gives access to quality medical care for a wide range of patients, including those in remote regions, small towns and villages. Today, we are delighted to announce the telemedicine solution we have developed with MTS, our SmartMed app. This is a unique product in the digital healthcare space, and the combination of MEDSI’s medical expertise and MTS’s digital experience serves as a great example of the kind of innovative synergies occurring between different companies within the Sistema Group. We hope that with the adoption of the law on telemedicine, our MEDSI doctors will be even closer to their patients. We know that our medical staff will continue to demonstrate the high levels professional competence across a wide range of specializations that we pride ourselves on. Our specialists guarantee that patients using the SmartMed app will receive the same high quality of treatment that patients in the MEDSI clinics get. Having had a consultation through the SmartMed app, patients can also arrange appointments with our specialists in person. In our clinics we use the latest equipment and the most advanced technologies, so all our patients can be confident in the quality and competency of our medical professionals."

There are many further benefits of the SmartMed app: it can help prevent diseases through early diagnosis, gives patients fuller explanations of their medical test results, and gives them the option to have additional consultations with their doctor after a live appointment. Additionally, it gives patients the option to get a second medical opinion, helps them monitor any wearable devices, and gives them general health and wellness recommendations.

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MTS launches a cloud-based service for personal data storage and processing

Friday, April 13, 2018

MTS launches a cloud-based service to help businesses protect the personal data belonging to their clients and employees, and meet the data protection requirements set out in Russian legislation.  The service not only provides customers with personal data cloud storage, but also includes assistance in drafting documentation for approvals by the relevant authorities.

The service uses a dedicated protected cloud system, #CloudMTS, utilising a fault-tolerant infrastructure within the VMware virtual platform. 

Our new offering allows clients to store information systems that are involved in collecting and processing personal data within the Cloud. These include personnel management systems, corporate content, and systems managing customer interactions, among others. 

The solution will be useful to businesses dealing with personal data, such as banks, insurance companies, medical organizations, logistics companies, retailers with loyalty programs and many others businesses.

Our protected #CloudMTS service has been certified by the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control (FSTEC) and fully complies with the requirements of the ‘On Personal Data’ federal law, as well as other relevant regulations. Our data is kept secure through the use of firewall systems, protected communication channels, anti-virus protection and vulnerability analysis software. 

Vladimir Khrenkov, Director of Innovation Development at MTS, commented:

“Russian business demand for better information security systems continues to grow. “Uberization” and digitalization are reshaping traditional solutions in this industry. As one of the leading suppliers of innovative digital solutions, MTS is able to enter this market with a comprehensive solution that provides  reliable protection from threats, and reduce costs for customers through utilizing their own IT equipment. Our cloud service capabilities are constantly expanding and we are prioritizing  improving them further  by engaging with the latest industry developments.”

#CloudMTS allows customers to reduce the capital expenses that come with creating and maintaining their own IT infrastructure. In our solution, economic efficiency is combined with flexibility and easy cloud management. MTS is able to provide maximum reliability because of their distributed network of  data centers, and their use of modern equipment from leading global  vendors.

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Andrey Ershov speaks with Total Telecom

Thursday, April 12, 2018

At the Gigabit Access conference in Brussel dedicated to the access technologies, Andrey Ershov, CEO of MGTS, spoke with Total Telecom about the challenges and opportunities in the Russian telecoms market, the company’s transformation and GPON network in Moscow as a technological platform for digital services.  Click here to read the interview.

MTS Compliance Management System Certified by ICA

Monday, April 09, 2018

MTS Compliance Management System has completed a successful audit by International Compliance Association (ICA) and received the ICA Conformity Certificate ISO 19600:2014. 

Julia Romashkina, Director, Compliance Department, MTS, commented,

“The International certification under ISO requirements yet again attests to MTS’s leadership position in anti-corruption practices, our commitment to high standards of business ethics and overall professional behavior. The certificate proves the high level of our corporate culture to our clients, business partners, investors, regulators and other stockholders as well as contribute to the improvement of the overall business environment in Russia.” 

MTS Compliance Management System is certified to conform with ICA’s requirements in accordance with guidance found in ISO 19600:2014 for compliance management system. MTS Compliance Management System includes eight compliance programs: anti-corruption and business integrity, anti-trust, insider trading, organization of personal data processing, human rights at work place, ant-money laundering and fighting terrorism financing, occupational safety, and ecology.



Wednesday, April 04, 2018

iPhone users (from the iPhone 6/SE models and later) can now enjoy VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling services in Moscow and the surrounding region. This is the first time these services have been available in Russia as a combined product; and our technology supports a seamless transition between the two, so customers’ conversation is never interrupted. Users will find the switch as smooth as transitioning between our 3G and 2G networks.

Our VoLTE service will start working automatically when users next update their handsets, as long as Wi-Fi calling has been approved on the smartphone. The cost of Wi-Fi calls will be the same as the cost for cellular calls, according to each user's tariff plan.

Our VoLTE service is also available on the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Sony XZ2 and XZ2 compact, the Huawei Nova and Nova 2, some Motorola and Highscreen handsets, and MTS branded smartphones. Wi-Fi calling is supported by most smartphones from Samsung, Sony, Huawei, LG, Alcatel as well as the MTS brand, with the list of compatible devices steadily expanding.

VoLTE allows users to connect with each other instantly, and enjoy higher quality voice calls, while simultaneously allowing them to use a high speed mobile internet connection to browse the web. With our Wi-Fi calling, users can make calls from anywhere with a stable Wi-Fi connection, without having to worry about the transition between the Wi-Fi connection and the cellular network. 

Igor Yegorov, the Director of the Moscow regional operations for MTS, commented:

“Our VoLTE and Wi-Fi services are the perfect voice product for today’s smartphone user, and they bring benefits both to the customer and the operator. Our customers will experience a fundamentally improved quality of voice calling, and going forward, their increased use of the LTE network will help reduce the load on 3G and 4G services. This will allow MTS to increase our throughput, help us optimize our network development costs and thus improve the quality of services provided."

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

“MTS.Kassa” is a comprehensive cloud-based service offered by MTS to small and mid-sized businesses. It includes free connectivity, software and FDO (fiscal data operator) functionality.

New legislation requires individual entrepreneurs and trading companies to maintain their accounting records online. MTS offers a solution that helps companies to fully comply with the new standards. The online cash register provides cash or non-cash settlements, electronically sends purchase data directly to tax authorities, controls turnover, and also boasts business analysis capabilities. MTS.Kassa equipment can be bought in installments on the dedicated website, as well as through MTS stores.

The "MTS. Kassa" kit is presented in two versions: a basic mobile cash register with a sensor display for small outlets and couriers; and a stationary device with a full-size screen and a stand-alone fiscal register for larger stores with higher customer traffic. The devices send data either through the mobile network or Wi-Fi. All information is then stored in a secure cloud, allowing businesses to monitor their activity from any location convenient to them.

Kirill Dmitriev, Vice President, Sales and Customer Services, MTS, commented:  "In line with our strategy to provide useful services for business, we offer an integrated product that provides a comprehensive solution for a business need. MTS.Kassa is a unique product in the Russian market. Moreover, we can offer this service at a very attractive price due to our strong IT expertise and synergy with LiteBox, the developer of cloud software, and NVision Group, our systems integrator. This and similar partnerships within the MTS Group open limitless opportunities for further development of apps, financial services and cloud computing.”

Another benefit of the MTS online cash register is that it not only allows entrepreneurs to fully comply with legal recruitments, but also simultaneously helps them to rapidly digitize their business. MTS.Kassa provides businesses with an immediate set of modern sales management tools: automated procurement management, inventory management, residual analysis, margin assessment of goods, and loyalty programs management.

 MTS announced its entry into the cloud cash register market in October 2017 after the acquisition of  a 50.82% stake in the Russian retail software developer Oblachny Retail LLC, operating under its trademark name LiteBox. In December 2017, MTS subsidiary NVision Group received an FDO (fiscal data operator) license from the Federal Tax Service.

Andrei Ushatsky speaks with Mobile Europe

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Andrei Ushatsky, CTO, spoke with Graeme Neill, editor for Mobile Europe, about technological challenges faced by MTS ahead of World Cap, 5G and IoT boom. Click here to read the full article.

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Vyacheslav Nikolaev speaks with European Communications

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Vyacheslav Nikolaev, CMO, MTS, spoke with European Communications about the need of operators to move away from connectivity-based business models and develop new digital services. While some telco executives are skeptical about entering new verticals, Vyacheslav is convinced that moving into new areas is the right way to go. Click here to read the full article.

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