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MTS wins GTB Innovation Award

среда, мая 24, 2017

MTS won an innovation award at the Annual Global Telecom Business Summit and Awards that was held in London on 23 May.

Our Virtual PBX was recognized the true convergence of fixed-to-mobile communications. The service provides companies that have from five to 10,000+ employees with effective and cost efficient corporate communications across Russia.  Each subscriber of Virtual PBX receives a single, short phone number for mobile and fixed phones, and the company receives a dedicated multi-channel number for incoming and outgoing calls with a call forwarding option. To deploy the system no additional hardware or IT support is required.

The solution was implemented in cooperation with BroadSoft, the world’s largest telecommunications vendor and a strategic partner of MTS.  Virtual PBX is based on the BroadSoft’s BroadWorks call management platform and UC-One suite of business applications. Since its commercial launch less than a year ago, the service has over 50,000 subscribers.

“The success of Virtual PBX is the result of close cooperation between MTS and BroadSoft. BroadSoft has provided MTS with extensive support throughout the deployment launches, including training and consultancy, expertly helping execute this award-winning solution,” said Vasyl Latsanych, Vice President for Strategy and Marketing, MTS. “Our strategic relationship with BroadSoft strengthens MTS’ leadership position in the Russian corporate telecommunications market”.

This is the seventh time MTS has been recognized with a GTB Innovation Award for its innovative technical solutions. The previous awards were given for our projects in mobile payments and banking services, services for small and medium businesses, IoT\M2M-solutions and cloud services.  Top managers at MTS have been repeatedly mentioned in the under-40 bracket of the most successful leaders of the telecommunications business worldwide by Global Telecoms Business.

MTS is a leader in the Russian corporate communications market. According to AC&M-Consulting research, 44% of large and medium-sized businesses use its services.

 

GTB Innovation Awards, established in 2007 by well-respected international telecommunications magazine Global Telecoms Business, are given to the most innovative projects and initiatives undertaken by companies in the telecommunications industry. 

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MTS AND ERICSSON SECURE NEW RECORD DATA SPEED FOR RUSSIA DURING 5G TEST

четверг, апреля 20, 2017

Moscow, Russian Federation – PJSC MTS (NYSE: MBT, MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications operator in Russia and the CIS, and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), the world leader in information and communication technologies, announce the successful trial of 5G technology, during which data transfer speed reached a record of up to 25 Gbps for the first time in Russia on a movable prototype of a smartphone. Previously, all 5G trials were conducted only between stationary devices.

Testing was conducted at Moscow’s ‘Opening Arena’ stadium, where a base station operating in the range of 14.5-15.3 GHz transmitted a signal to a movable prototype of a subscriber’s at the speed of 25 Gbps. This data transfer speed allows just for 18 days to transfer absolutely all traffic of all MTS subscribers that they exchanged during 2016 - including downloading and streaming of movies, video calls, Internet surfing, downloading and transferring media files. The total volume of traffic that MTS subscribers transferred in 2016 is 1,206 Pb.

As part of the trials, MTS and Ericsson experienced other possibilities and advantages of 5G technology for various scenarios: online video streaming in 4K format, as well as virtual reality services and remote robot control over a mobile network that require ultra-small delays and high data rates.

"The tests showed an absolute record for data speeds in Russia to a mobile device, and on specific examples we saw how close we are to the daily use of 5G solutions. MTS is currently building a data transfer network and testing various solutions to ensure we’re ready for 5G standardization. We now hope in cooperation with our partners to develop an extended 5G demo zone for the major sporting event of 2018 in Russia, "said Igor Egorov, Director of Moscow region, MTS.

"The scalable and dynamic 5G network gives operators the ability to create many new services and generate additional revenue streams. The 5G network will ensure the automation of business processes and the transformation necessary for the dissemination of the Internet of Things, as well as the use of services such as VR and AR," added Hannes Ekstrom, Head of Customer Unit MTS, Market Area Europe & Latin America, Ericsson.

 

The following innovative technologies were used during the tests:

Multi-User and Massive MIMO with an array of transmit-receive antennas and the ability to simultaneously service several subscribers in one sector of a cell on the same frequency band. This significantly increases the data transfer rate and the efficiency of the frequency resource;

Beam Tracking, which provides user devices with a stable connection and the best throughput when moving;

Dynamic TDD, which improves the data transfer rate and the efficiency of using wireless network resources by dynamically redistributing the bandwidth when transmitting traffic in the downlink and upstream channels.

 

The trials are 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 technologies in Russia.

Cooperation between MTS and Ericsson on innovation and 5G:

In July 2015, for the first time in Russia, MTS and Ericsson completed a test for an automatically scalable function of the multimedia messaging subsystem (IMS) in the cloud to provide voice services in the LTE network (VoLTE);

In October 2015, companies tested Ericsson’s LTE Broadcast technology on a commercial network for the first time in Russia. During the test session in Nizhny Novgorod, HD-quality video was streamed to an LTE-smartphone supporting LTE Broadcast;

In June 2016, the companies tested LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed), demonstrating the aggregation of two frequency bands - 10 MHz in the 1800 MHz band of LTE and 20 MHz in the unlicensed 5 GHz band at Wi-Fi access points. During the tests, the data transfer rate reached 200 Mbit / s;

In June 2016, the companies signed an agreement on the supply of software for the modernization of MTS’ network. As part of the agreement, which will run until 2019, the companies will implement IoT technology solutions and test extended GSM technology (EC-GSM-IoT).

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MTS LAUNCHES AN INNOVATIVE CAR INSURANCE PROGRAM

вторник, апреля 18, 2017

MTS and INTOUCH insurance company have launched the first in the Russian market IoT-based insurance program Smart Kilometers which will allow “weekend drivers” to save up to 25% of the cost of the non-obligatory car insurance.

“Weekend drivers” are those drivers, who do not use a car very often, and can now get a discount on car insurance through connected cars technology. When buying car insurance, the customer can opt in for a mileage limit to receive an appropriate discount. Drivers, who drive less than six thousand kilometers a year, may receive a 25% discount of the total insurance price. Drivers whose mileage would be restricted to up to 10,000 km will get a 15% discount, while drivers who choose a restriction of 12,000 km will save 7% of the insurance price.

The program Smart Kilometers has been launched in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Moscow and Leningrad regions.

During the insurance period, the GPS tracker installed in the client's car will transmit the mileage data to a server. A client can control mileage through the mobile app or on his personal account on the website of the insurance company. ​​

"More than a third of all cars in Russia pass less than 12 thousand kilometers a year. Smart insurance will allow such drivers not to overpay for insurance and at the same time protect themselves from risks. Telematics insurance is an example of how high technologies bring tangible benefits to ordinary Russian drivers. For the insurance business, this is also a new level, which became achievable thanks to the cooperation with MTS, the leader in the M2M / IoT market. Our partnership in IoT allowed us to launch several smart insurance programs, based not on the fixation of the accident rate, but on the individual driving behavior - driving style and frequency of use of the car, "said Pavel Butenko, director of marketing and direct sales channel of INTOUCH insurance company.

"MTS is one of the world's pioneers developing products in IoT segment. We are constantly increasing the number of intelligent solutions and are open to interacting with companies from different industries and prepared to improve business performance through the use of M2M / IoT technologies. The investments that MTS has made in the modernization of our network in recent years have made it possible to create a universal environment for the IoT development. We provide our partners with reliable access to the network and data protection in most parts of the country. This allows us to attract leading vendors and to develop innovative IoT-based services for customers. Transport monitoring and smart insurance are excellent examples of such services, which have already gained popularity, "said Elena Nechai, Director, Marketing and Product Marketing at MTS.

 

Additional Information

The first smart insurance program in Russia was launched by MTS and INTOUCH in September 2014.  It allows to calculate the cost of the insurance policy through IoT technology and take into account the individual’s own driving style. The telematics sensor installed in the car measures parameters of the driver and creates his accurate profile. As a result, cautious drivers may earn back up to 20% of their insurance spending.

MTS is the largest provider of M2M / IoT solutions in Russia by the number of SIM cards. According to AC&M Consulting, MTS’ market share is 40%. Our smart insurance products won several international awards.

 

 

 

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MTS IS THE LEADING OPERATOR IN E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA

понедельник, апреля 10, 2017

According to the E-Commerce Index TOP-100 2016, issued by Data Insight, MTS online shop mts.shop.ru retains its leadership among Russian operator’s e-shops by online sales in 2016. 

Data Insight research agency, specializing on e-commerce, monitored over 3,000 largest online shops in Russia and ranked them based on several parameters, including shop attendance, conversion of attendance to orders, order execution coefficient, and average bill. MTS e-shop was ranked #1 among operator’s e-shop #24 and in the overall rating. 

In 2016, online sales at MTS e-shop reached RUB 5.2bln, demonstrating a solid growth of 41% year over year. The number of executed online orders grow comparably by 44% year over year. 

Commenting on the ranking, Kirill Dmitriev, Vice President for Sales and Services at MTS, said: “While cutting the number of our physical shops, we are simultaneously increasing MTS online presence.  Sales continue to move online. It is a global trend. Realizing the growing importance of e-commerce, we have been actively developing our e-shop since 2014. We continue to see positive results: for the last three years, our online shop share in the overall turnover of MTS retail showed an impressive growth from 3.7% in 2014 to 10.4% in 2016. Our ambition is to further increase this share to about 13% in 2017. 

Digital commerce is a key part of our updated 3D Strategy focused on digitalization. Our strategic goal in e-commerce is to make shop.mts.ru the key digital sales channel and transform it into a single marketplace for all MTS products”.


The full rating E-Commerce Index TOP-100 2016 is available here: http://datainsight.ru/top100 


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MTS Corporate University named one of the world’s best

пятница, апреля 07, 2017

MTS Corporate University has received the silver award in the ‘Best Corporate University – Innovation’ category at the Global Council of Corporate Universities (“GlobalCCU”) Awards 2017.

The GlobalCCU Awards recognize companies that have delivered training and development of the highest level through their corporate universities. GlobalCCU particularly rewards companies that have used their corporate university structures as a tool to implement broader business strategies. The awards ceremony was held in Paris during the GlobalCCU Forum.

"MTS Corporate University uses innovative solutions to provide market-leading training to our employees while simultaneously strengthening our brand and culture, and we are proud that the scale of our program has been recognized internationally. MTS Corporate University will remain an extremely important element of our strategic planning as the company continues to evolve in the digital era," commented Oksana Kukharchuk, Director of MTS Corporate University.

The GlobalCCU is the leading global association of corporate universities, which was established in 2005 and unites corporate universities of companies from more than 50 countries.

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MTS Compliance Director named Chief Compliance Officer of the Year

вторник, апреля 04, 2017

MTS is pleased to announce that its Compliance Director, Julia Romashkina, has been named EMEA Chief Compliance Officer of the Year at C5 Group’s Annual Women in Compliance Awards.

The Annual Women in Compliance Awards, now in its fourth year, celebrate the achievements of female compliance professionals and recognize female leaders in the field. Awards were given across 14 categories and over 300 industry professionals attended the awards ceremony in London.

The judging panel was made up of leading compliance experts and representatives of regulatory bodies from the UK, Europe and beyond. When announcing their choice of Julia Romashkina as EMEA Chief Compliance Officer of the Year, the judges highlighted her success in promoting a compliance culture both within the company and beyond.

"Today, to be a successful company, it is not enough to only strive for investment attractiveness and operational efficiency. MTS’ status as a public company and our deep brand awareness oblige us to support our reputation as a socially responsible organization to all our stakeholders. We have, therefore, been actively developing a unified compliance system at MTS for several years, which now encompasses eight different areas, including anti-corruption compliance, inside compliance and environmental compliance. We’re honored that the hard work we have been doing to build our compliance culture has been recognized internationally. In 2015, MTS was recognized as an example of leading Russian anti-corruption compliance practice based on the results of an independent evaluation. In 2016, an independent study proved that anti-corruption compliance at MTS meet the highest global standards”, commented Julia Romashkina.


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VASYL LATSANYCH: NO IMMEDIATE 5G PLANS

пятница, марта 31, 2017

During MTS’ Investor Day in London, Vasyl Latsanych, Vice President for Strategy and Marketing, talked to Light Reading magazine about the emerging 5G mobile standard and the effect this is likely to have on MTS’ investment plans.


Vasyl doesn’t yet see any clear business case for 5G. "There is no finalized technology, no network equipment available, no frequency allocation in any of our countries, no terminals -- and they don't seem to be coming -- and there is no business case behind it," he explained. Vasyl thinks that 5G standards will be set up in the 2020 timeframe. MTS doesn’t have 5G in its plans for the next couple of years.  


Next generation technologies usually require substantial investment. According to Vasyl, it is too early to speculate what the capex implications of 5G will be. MTS reported a sharp capex decline of 13% y-o-y to RUB83.6 billion in 2016 and announced plans for further capital expenditure cutbacks to about RUB80 billion in 2017. Commenting on this, Vasyl said that the company’s spending on network rollout had reached its zenith over the 2011 to 2015 period. It seems unlikely to rise over the next few years due to the advanced state of the operator's 4G and fiber rollout and a lack of clarity on 5G.


Meanwhile, MTS is ready to partner with other operators and vendors on 5G research and development, and is planning to pilot 5G technology in some parts of its network.

 

 

You can read the full article here: http://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/russias-mts-there-is-no-5g-business-case/d/d-id/731347

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MTS MAINTAINS ITS LEADERSHIP ON RUSSIAN MOBILE MARKET

пятница, марта 31, 2017

MTS grew its share of the Russian mobile market by 1.1% y-o-y in 2016, according to data published by Advanced Communications and Media (AC&M), a specialized telecommunications research agency. MTS now has a 31% of the Russian mobile market and accounted for 52% of total net additions in 2016 (Tele2: 32%, Megafon: 16%). 


In terms of the broader Russian mobile market, AC&M’s data showed that the number of mobile subscribers grew 1.5% y-o-y  to 255.59 mln sim cards in 2016. Mobile services penetration in Russia also increased to 179% in 2016 from 176% in 2015.

 

MTS’ market leadership is the result of the consistent implementation of the company’s 3D strategy and delivering a superior customer experience. The company has invested significantly to roll out LTE networks in each region of Russia, offers tariffs for different customer’s needs, and promotes sales of data-enabling devices at a reasonable price. To engage customers more actively, MTS provides best in class service and 24/7 client support through traditional and innovative communications and digital channels. In addition to securing a seamless connectivity and providing classical mobile services, MTS also creates its own unique digital ecosystem beyond telecom offering its clients TV broadcasting, financial and banking services, MTS branded content, IoT solutions and other digital products and services.    

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MTS Launches #CloudMTS

четверг, марта 30, 2017

MTS has launched #CloudMTS, its cloud service offering for large corporate clients. The combination of MTS’ market-leading cloud platform, its own data centers and unrivalled network of backbone and urban channels allow customers to access complex computing and data storage cloud solutions with advanced disaster recovery options. The new services will be available throughout Russia.     

In order to provide uninterrupted cloud services, MTS has invested in building a distributed cloud system, unified by its own communication channels. MTS has used VMware technologies for its cloud platform and has re-equipped its data centers in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Novosibirsk with the most advanced and secure data storage systems and servers. MTS intends to re-equip data centers in other cities in 2017 and enable the implementation of IaaS-Projects (Infrastructure as a Service), as well as new SaaS (Software as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) services, such as Big-Data-as-a-Service.

“By adopting cloud services, companies can achieve a threefold reduction in their IT infrastructure costs. With such clear economic savings, as well as the flexibility and simplicity of cloud management, we see great demand for our corporate cloud services. Our solutions are not only multi-faceted, with the option to integrate both IT and telecom services, but also guarantee a high level of security and reliability,” says Vladimir Khrenkov, Director of the MTS Innovation Center, which is leading the development of #CloudMTS.

Vasyl Latsanych, Vice President for Strategy and Marketing, added: “The launch of #CloudMTS is yet another step in delivering on our digital strategy. MTS is poised to expand well beyond its original mobile service  into the tech segments, including Big Data, financial and banking services, internet of things, OTT, systems integration and e-commerce”.

MTS previously offered data center services under the colocation model, where companies installed their own equipment in MTS data centers. MTS also offers cloud computing services for small and mid-size businesses. 

 



Big-Data-as-a-Service – cloud access to data analytics systems to clients 

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MTS tests Ultra HD TV on its cable network

пятница, марта 24, 2017

After introducing Ultra HD (4K) broadcasting to its satellite customers in February 2017, MTS is currently testing Ultra HD TV on its cable networks. With this trial, MTS is leading the way in Russian 4K broadcasting and is the first telecom operator in Russia to offer Ultra HD to both its satellite and cable customers. The trial is being carried out on Russian Extreme, a 24 hour channel dedicated to extreme sports and travel.

Ultra HD broadcasting is one of the key growth drivers of the pay-TV market. Up until now, HD broadcasting has been associated exclusively with satellite TV. The launch of Ultra HD in the cable segment changes all that. Opening Ultra HD up to cable users promotes the development of a new generation TV market in Russia and uncovers new opportunities for content owners eager to find new ways to reach increasingly demanding viewers.  

MTS has teamed up with LG Electronics, leading Ultra HD television manufacturer, to promote and further develop Ultra HD technology.   

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