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MTS AND ERICSSON TEAM UP TO DELIVER MASSIVE MIMO EXPERIENCES FOR FOOTBALL FANS AT TOURNAMENT IN RUSSIA

Friday, June 08, 2018

MTS and Ericsson teamed up to provide a superior mobile broadband experience for hundreds of thousands of football fans attending the upcoming global soccer tournament in Russia, through Europe’s largest deployment of Massive MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) to date.

Whether in the stadiums, in fan zones, selected transportation hot spots, or at some of Russia’s most famous landmarks, fans will be able to enjoy higher data speeds in seven of the 11 tournament cities. In Moscow alone, the deployment covers two stadiums and fan zones, Sheremetyevo airport, Belarusian railway station, Victory Park and Moscow City. The other covered cities are Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Niznny Novgorod, Samara and Rostov-on-Don.

Through the intelligent reuse of system resources, Massive MIMO improves capacity by transmitting data to multiple user devices using the same time and frequency resources with coordinated beam forming and beam steering.

Massive MIMO is making it easier for operators to evolve their networks for a 5G future. This includes Ericsson’s 5G Plug-ins, which are based on many of the breakthrough capabilities in our award-winning 5G Radio Test Bed and 5G Radio Prototypes, currently deployed in operator field trials.

Andrei Ushatsky, Vice President, Technology and IT, MTS, says:  "This launch is one of Europe's largest Massive MIMO deployments, covering seven Russian cities, and is a major contribution by MTS in the preparation of the country's infrastructure for the global sporting event of the year. Our Massive MIMO technology, using Ericsson equipment, significantly increases network capacity, allowing tens of thousands of fans together in one place to enjoy high-speed mobile internet without any loss in speed or quality.”

Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson, says: “Hundreds of thousands of football-loving fans are about to experience ultra-high data speeds thanks to our Massive MIMO deployment for MTS across seven tournament cities. Data-demanding mobile connectivity is going to play a huge part in their tournament experiences, so we are delighted to team up with MTS to ensure they enjoy a mobile experience like never before, whether they are at the game, in a fan zone, or at other selected areas.”

More than 1.5 million international fans are expected in Russia across the month-long tournament, which gets underway on June 14 and ends on July 15.

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MTS PARTNERED WITH SKOLKOVO ON SMART CITY DEVELOPMENT

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

At Startup Village 2018, the largest startup conference for technology entrepreneurs in Russia & the CIS, MTS and the Skolkovo signed a partnership agreement on joint cooperation in developing Smart City technologies. As the first step under the agreement, the partners launched an IoT pilot zone based on NB-IoT networks at the Skolkovo technopark.

The NB-IoT test zone covers the whole territory of the technopark and is open to any start-ups and companies developing Smart City solutions. NB-IoT is the best suited technological standard for data collection, analysis and management as well as for remote device monitoring. Its key advantages include rapid deployment and scaling, energy efficiency, long distance communication, secure channel and the ability to combine up to 50,000 devices on one base station into a single network. For comparison, a standard base station can combine only up to a thousand devices.

"Live network" testing will significantly accelerate the process of launching  innovative products in the areas of security, housing and communal services, manufacturing, retail, transport, medicine, environmental monitoring, government agencies and the gaming industry.

Sergey Ivanchenko, first deputy CEO, UDAS Skolkovo LLC, commented, "Today, technological and service development is carried out through deep integration of a variety of devices and systems interacting in real time. The launch of the MTS NB-IoT test zone provides wide opportunities for Skolkovo’s residents to efficiently develop, test and commercialize digital city products and services.”

Igor Egorov, Director of Moscow region, MTS, commented, "The ability to test and refine products is the core condition for the development of Smart City technology and entrepreneurship. We are thrilled to be able to provide such opportunity to the developers of innovative solutions through our test zones as well as at the MTS startup accelerator and our NB-IoT Lab. Launching the NB-IoT pilot zone in Skolkovo will allow us to expand the number of experts and companies involved in the development of digital solutions and reduce time-to-market for IoT solutions."

IoT development in MTS 

• In December 2017, MTS opened an IoT Lab in Moscow, where dozens of developers have already successfully tested their IoT-based solutions. 

• In April 2018, MTS launched an IoT pilot zone in St. Petersburg to implement Smart City of St. Petersburg project.

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MTS AND MTS BANK LAUNCHED A NEW CREDIT CARD OFFERING NO FEE CASH WITHDRAWAL

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

MTS and MTS Bank presented MTS Money Zero, a new joint credit card featuring no fee cash withdrawal available for use at any ATM all over the world.

The card is easy to use and offers simple credit terms: a cardholder pays a fixed commission of RUB 30 per day for withdrawals within the set credit limits. The current daily limit for outstanding cash withdrawals is RUB 50,000. 

MTS Money Zero card is a convenient tool for fast short-term cash crediting. Another advantage of the new card is the simple calculation of credit service payment – all the cardholder needs to do is to multiply the daily fixed commission by the number of days they use the credit.

There are numerous convenient options to to-up the card: by transfer from other cards issued by MTS Bank or alternative financial institutions, through ATMs, self-service terminals, MTS website and MTS Money app. 

The card is equipped with Mastercard Contactless chip for contactless payments, although it is even more convenient to pay using a virtual card - through a smartphone or a tablet using MTS Money app, Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay. 

The new card is launched as part MTS Money, a joint project by MTS and MTS Bank focusing on financial services development. The joint portfolio of bank cards currently includes MTS Money Zero, MTS Smart Money and MTS Money Weekend

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MTS, ERICSSON AND INTEL TESTED A CYBERSPORT VR GAME ON A 5G NETWORK

Thursday, May 31, 2018

MTS, Ericsson and Intel have piloted a virtual cyber sport game on 5G network supporting high speeds and low latency.  

At Startup Village 2018 Conference, a major start-up event in Russia organized by the Skolkovo Foundation, the participants matched the game played on 5G trial zone by the cyber team of Immergity, VR/AR games development studio. Gamers in the role of pilots of intergalactic ships in VR helmets fought in the exciting game AI Rebellion with the forces of artificial intelligence that came out of human control.

For two days in the gaming zone at Startup Village 2018, two gaming stations interacted in the virtual space game using Ericsson’s base station and Intel® 5G Mobile Trial platform connected to the 28 GHz band with a minimal delay of 4 ms, at least five times less than on LTE networks.

Vyacheslav Nikolaev, Vice President, Marketing, MTS, commented, "In cooperation with our partners, we continue to demonstrate the potential of 5G for various use cases. This time, gamers used 5G in "real combat conditions". The results of the games showed advantages of low latency provided by the new technology. In a little while, this parameter will be a mainstream not only for entertainment but also for everyday needs such as a remote control of various processes, autonomous vehicles and Tactile Internet. Such examples include telemedicine and e-learning, the areas where low latency and dot-to-dot transmissions of fine motor skills play critical role".

Hannes Ekstrom, Ericsson Vice President, Business Development with MTS, Ericsson in Russia, commented, “5G opens vast opportunities for industrial and consumer scenarios in multiple areas - smart manufacturing, smart buildings, connected machines, fleet management and urban transport, meters and consumer electronics. Gaming is one of fastest growing industries and important part of many people’s life. In addition to high data speed and fast internet, 5G will bring new capabilities such as low latency and long battery life.  These aspects will be critically important for scenarios, which we presented today in cooperation with our strategic partner MTS.”

The trial is a part of the strategic partnership between MTS and Ericsson within the framework of the agreement signed in December 2015 on cooperation in the development and implementation of 5G in Russia.

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MTS at SPIEF 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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:

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/24/mts-ceo-focus-is-on-our-business-performance.html?play=1

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/24/competition-fierce-among-e-commerce-firms-mts-ceo-says.html?play=1  

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MTS LAUNCHED THE FIRST GIGABIT CLASS LAA NETWORK IN EASTERN EUROPE IN PURSUIT OF 5G CONNECTIVITY

Thursday, May 17, 2018

MTS is the first operator in Eastern Europe to launch a commercial broadband Gigabit Class LTE network with LAA technology in the Republic of Bashkortostan. The network showed downlink speeds of up to 979 Mbps thanks to the aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum. These incredible Gigabit Class LAA download speeds in Russia were demonstrated during the trial held in Ufa-based Planet shopping outlet on a segment of MTS’ commercial network, supported by Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. 

The LAA (License Assisted Access) technology will be used in the future 5G networks to ensure increased data throughput and network capacity. The solution demonstrates how an LTE base station and end device can operate using licensed spectrum frequencies owned by a carrier and unlicensed spectrum simultaneously in the 5 GHz band. In order to allow for fair coexistence with Wi-Fi devices, the LTE base station performs Listen-Before-Talk (LBT). 

A commercial LAA network in Ufa has been designed by aggregating a 20 MHz band in the 1800 MHz licensed LTE spectrum (4x4 MIMO, 256-QAM) and three 20 MHz bands (2x2 MIMO, 256-QAM) in the 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum. The installation in the Planeta shopping outlet is built on Ericsson’s ERS indoor small cell stations using 1800 (2212) and LAA (2205) broadband radio modules, while Motorola Moto Z2 Force smartphone powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform was used as smartphone. The Snapdragon 835 integrates X16 LTE modem, the first commercial modem supporting the LAA technology. The configuration yielded downlink speeds of 979 Mbps.

Andrey Ushatsky, Vice President, Technology and IT, MTS, commented, "With the launch of the commercial high speed LAA-network in Bashkortostan, in cooperation with Ericsson and Qualcomm, MTS again confirms its status of a technological leader. This is the first LAA-network in Russia and Eastern Europe. This technology is an important milestone on the way to 5G as it will be used in next-generation networks to instantly download “heavy” files, Ultra HD video, VR and AR services, and cloud-based video games. In addition, LAA will allow us to build gigabit networks quickly and cost-effectively in places with active traffic consumption, where operators do not always have enough available frequencies in the licensed spectrum.” 

Sebastian Tolstoy, President, Ericsson (Russia), commented, “LAA offers mobile operators access to additional spectrum resources, increases network capacity and provides higher peak and median data rates. The launch of the first commercial LAA network in Russia marks another important milestone in our strategic cooperation with MTS. Last year, out joint technology trial enabled us to achieve record data rates of 25 Gbps. Our next step is to showcase 5G capabilities during this year’s main sports event in Russia.”

Yulia Klebanova, Vice President of business development, Qualcomm Europe, Inc., commented, "This important LAA technology milestone marks a new phase of the effective long-term cooperation between Qualcomm Technologies and MTS. We are happy to see Gigabit Class LTE network services becoming available to MTS subscribers in this country. Gigabit LTE can help operators increase network throughput and achieve higher spectral efficiency, providing incredible network speeds to users of mobile devices powered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with an integrated X16 LTE modem supporting LAA, whilst contributing to higher link throughput to those who use previous generation smartphones. We expect that with gradual LAA deployment across Russia and more LAA-supporting devices available in retail stores, a higher number of MTS subscribers will get access to higher connection speeds.” 

The launch of the LAA technology on a commercial network signifies the next milestone of the partnership between MTS and Ericsson outlined in the 5G Technology Development Agreement signed in December 2015 by both companies. In July 2016, MTS successfully ran the first testing of LAA technology in Russia. 

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RUSSIAN MOBILE RETAIL REPORT Q1 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Trend shows that online loans and installment payment option stimulate the sales of premium mobile handsets. For the first three months of 2018, Russians spent RUB 95 bln on smartphones.

 The growth of demand for digital entertainment in high quality such as movies in HD, 4K videos, online TV, the exchange of "heavy" files in instant messengers, as well as the ability to comfortably transfer the everyday tasks online, encourage users to purchase expensive smartphones. In the first quarter of 2018, the fastest growing category of smartphones bought were priced at RUB 30,000 - 40,000, sales increased 73% in unit terms and 94% in monetary terms.

 The high price of advanced smartphones stimulates the growth of demand for credit. The number of applications for the loan in the first quarter of 2018 increased by 2.5 times compared to the same period last year. More than 60% of devices priced at more than RUB 30,000 are sold on credit. The average cost of gadgets purchased through this financial instrument grew by almost 30% to RUB 22,000.

The rapid growth of demand for digital entertainment encourages customers to choose premium high-quality mobile devices that have large displays, powerful processors and high definition cameras. An advanced smartphone can provide users with a "single window" for entertainment, while assisting in solving everyday tasks. It easily replaces several devices - a TV set, a camera, an e-book, navigator and a bank card. Moreover, a modern smartphone becomes an alternative to traditionally costly formats of offline recreation such as going to the cinema or theater or stadium. Household tasks are also easier to solve with the help of a smartphone and different apps: payment of housing and communal services, public services, taxi, food delivery and much more - all these services are much more comfortable to use on a large screen of a high-quality smartphone.

The high cost of advanced smartphones is offset by attractive loan offers. With the most popular loan term - 24 months - the cost of a monthly payment for a modern device will be about RUB 1,500, equal to one family visit of the cinema. Customers can apply for credit to purchase mobile handsets directly on MTS’s online store website. After completing a small questionnaire with their request, customers receive a decision from the bank within one or two minutes. In Q1 2018, every fifth purchase was made using this financial instrument.

For many customers, buying on credit without overpayment is a useful service that allows them to distribute the financial burden of buying a new handset over a longer period of time. Additionally, many customers purchase smartphones on credit as a convenient way to boost their credit rating, which they may find useful in the future to buy a car or take out a mortgage.

Olga Filippova, Director of the Department of Online Sales at MTS Retail, commented: "At the beginning of 2018, we launched a new technological platform for the MTS online shop, which made online shopping more comfortable. We have significantly increased the website’s speed and robustness as well as expanded our logistics capabilities and improved our courier delivery service. We are continuing to develop our Big Data capabilities; and by offering our subscribers personalized device recommendations through the My MTS app, our online store will be able to triple its turnover from this channel.” 

The Russian smartphone market continues to grow rapidly in monetary terms – in Q1 2018 sales increased by 25.5% y-o-y. In total, this quarter, Russians bought 6.3 million smartphones for a total sum of RUB 95 bln. In unit terms, the market remained almost unchanged demonstrating an increase of 2.7% y-o-y. 

 Demand is growing across all price segments with the exception of lower-end devices – sales of smartphones priced below RUB 5,000 (mainly Chinese brands) declined by 15% y-o-y in unit terms and 27% y-o-y in monetary terms. Smartphones priced at RUB 30,000 - 40,000 demonstrated the most impressive growth – sales increased by 73% in unit terms and by 94% in monetary terms. As a result, the average price of a smartphone grew to RUB 15,325 (+23.2% y-o-y). Consumers continue to look for high-end devices produced by top brands. In MTS retail stores, sales of handsets in this price segment showed even more significant growth – the upsurge in sales was at 209% in unit terms and at 231% in monetary terms. The main driver for such growth was the sale of devices like the iPhone 7, iPhone 6S and the Samsung Galaxy A8. 

The most popular brands sold were Samsung, Apple and Huawei – together they accounted for roughly 70% (in monetary terms) of the overall smartphone market in Russia. Among these top 3 manufactures Huawei showed the fastest growth of 134.7%, while Apple and Samsung grew by 37.4% and 30.2% respectively. At the same time, sales of devices produced by other manufacturers dropped by 16.2%. 

According to MTS analysts, in March 2018, the Russian tablet market increased by 5% y-o-y for the first time after a constant consecutive decline over the last 15 quarters. This growth was attributable to the overall trend of consumers seeking more expensive and reliable devices that can provide easier access to digital entertainment services. While a year ago the average price of tablets that were sold was roughly RUB 6,000 (among the most popular devices were low-end brands such as Irbis, Lenovo and 4Good), in 2018, the average price amounted to RUB 10,000, an increase of 67%.

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MTS LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT PLATFORM FOR B2B CUSTOMERS

Monday, May 07, 2018

MTS has launched an Electronic Document Management (EDM) service that will allow our business clients to move away from paper documents and exchange legally binding documents both within the company and externally - with their customers, suppliers and other parties. Legally binding documents are those perceived as veritable and have an electronic signature. MTS is the first among the Russian telecom companies to independently develop the solution, has the license of EDM operator and provides a service without intermediaries.

All the documents that are sent through the MTS EDM system are signed with an electronic signature that uses cryptographic information protection technology, to eliminate the risk of data leaks. On top of this, the service will allow clients to keep electronic records of all their documents, systematize them and benefit from a convenient document storage and search system in the archive.

For MTS’s current corporate clients, the system does not require the installation and update of special software: documents exchange is organized through a universal web interface over secured communication channels. New customers can use the service through the application on the MTS website

Sergey Plotnikov, Director, B2B Department, MTS, commented, "Electronic document management is a strategically important base service for the further development of our digital services for business customers. By reducing costs, increasing the transparency of processes, accelerating decision-making, e-document management significantly increases the efficiency of any business, regardless of its size, turnover or market. A Russian company spends 151 rubles on average to produce, sign and transfer one paper set of documents, while a similar process in e-format costs seven rubles. The companies that switch to our EDM can reduce their costs on consumables and logistics minimum in 21 times".  

Our EDM service helps a range of different businesses to optimize their costs. According to MTS estimates, IT and Telecoms companies can use the service to accelerate their payment processes by six times, and reduce their document delivery processes by 88%. EDM allows banks and retailers to double the range of services that they provide to customers in remote locations, and using EDM can reduce a company’s manual data entry errors by 54%. Energy companies and those operating in the car industry can reduce the time it takes to track documents by a third, and the system allows them to edit documents online 40% faster than when they were using paper. 

In 2017, MTS received authorization to become an EDM operator from the Federal Tax Service, and we fully comply with all the legal binding EDM regulatory requirements. Technical support of the solution and its development is carried out by a system integrator NVision Group.

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MTS PROMOTES INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN TATARSTAN

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."

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MTS AWARDED FOR COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

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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