On May 24-26, MTS took part in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2018, an annual Russian business event that brings together senior executives of major Russian and international companies, investors and political leaders. At the forum, MTS announced news on cooperation with its partners and signed a number of agreements with Russia’s regions to boost their digital development.
MTS and SAP launched the Center for Expertise of Integration Solutions for Retail
MTS is one of the few companies that independently develop and maintain the vast majority of software used to run their own business. We are building up necessary IT competencies within the company and then offer best practices for the development of our corporate clients.
MTS and SAP, a world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue, announced the launch of the Center for Expertise of Integration Solutions for Retail to improve MTS’s business efficiency and identify new areas of profitability growth both for our own operations, as well as those of our corporate clients.
The first stage of cooperation assumes delivery of software that allows MTS Retail to improve business process management. MTS purchased SAP for Retail, solution for automating retail business, SAP Process Mining by Celonis for analyzing the company's business processes, and SAP HANA data storage and processing platform.
At the next stage, MTS intends to expand its portfolio of digital solutions offered to corporate clients with new products developed jointly with SAP and provide a full range of services for systems integration.
MTS and Nokia will unite Russian IoT objects into a single digital system
IoT is a strategically important area for MTS. The new partnership with Nokia in automation of management of connected devices and applications, coupled with the launch of the Nokia IMPACT IoT platform deployed on the MTS network infrastructure significantly strengthen our market position. It will help us address issues critical for all IoT players in the market, such as the compatibility of IoT components and information security.
Companies that use industry platforms, solutions, applications, services and sensors will be able to centrally manage all of their IoT components. As a result, software and hardware solutions of any given IoT system using different work protocols can be easily combined into one digital system. Centralized management of IoT components will allow for managing all connected devices, ensuring the uninterrupted operation of the end user equipment and scaling solutions.
Nokia IMPACT provides corporate customers and government bodies with a secure platform for creating new IoT services based on international standards. The scope of functions includes data collection and routing, device fleet management, application support on all devices, work with various protocols in various data networks, including LoRa and NB-IoT. The platform is designed to work in key industries, including smart cities, utilities, manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, and public security. A set of tools provided by Nokia IMPACT allows the customer to create and implement secured IoT solutions in a short space of time. The security feature provides protection to both personal data and devices themselves. The open interface makes it possible to integrate this platform with third-party applications and devices.
MTS and Huawei will create a multimedia platform for innovative TV products
MTS is actively focused on the entertainment segment. Recently, we entered the e-ticketing and e-sports markets. In the TV and video content broadcasting segment, MTS has been maintaining its leadership for many years. At SPIEF, MTS tied up with Huawei to create a unified multimedia platform to develop MTS TV products further, including mobile, cable, satellite TV and IPTV. The transition to a new platform will accelerate introduction of innovative solutions in MTS TV services and their integration with other products offered by MTS and its partners. MTS intends to invest RUB 2.5 bln in the project. We expect that in the next five years the project will double the number of TV channels in HD and UltraHD format, and triple the overall number of available films and series. The transition of all MTS TV services to the new platform is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
MTS signed strategic agreements with Russian regions
At SPIEF, MTS also concluded strategic development agreements with the municipalities of five regions of Russia – Voronezh, Rostov and Novosibirsk regions, Primorsky krai and the Republic of Ingushetia to stimulate their digital development. Under these agreements, MTS will invest RUB 9.7 bln until 2020 to digitalize regional infrastructure within the Digital Economy program. MTS will test its innovative digital solutions in IoT, telemedicine, smart education, FinTech, cybersecurity, Big Data, Clouds, and e-commerce.
At SPIEF, Alexey Kornya, CEO and President, MTS, talked to CNBC. If you missed his interview, watch it here: