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LTE SMARTPHONES HIT 50% SHARE OF SALES

четверг, июня 23, 2016

In June 2016, the share of LTE-enabled smartphones in sales all over Russia exceeded 50% for the first time. In May 2016, Russian retailers sold 2.6x more LTE-enabled smartphones than a year ago. This achievement can be attributed to the fact that the average price of an LTE-enabled smartphone declined by 20% y-o-y to RUB 18,200.

In MTS’s retail network, sales of LTE-enabled smartphones broke through the 50% barrier in April 2016, while in May, LTE-enabled smartphones represented around 52% of total smartphone sales.

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MTS AND RZD WILL BUILD HIGH-SPEED NETWORKS FOR HIGH-SPEED TRAINS

пятница, июня 17, 2016

MTS and Russian Railways have signed a memorandum to further develop of communication networks along the Moscow – Saint Petersburg railway line.

In 2016-2017, MTS will install base stations along the railway track on the territories of Moscow, Tver, Novgorod and Leningrad regions. In addition, the high-speed trains “Sapsan” will be installed with indoors multi-spectrum repeaters (900/1800/2100 MHz). These solutions will allow for sound network coverage without the loss of signal during the ride.

In addition to the Moscow-Saint Petersburg line, MTS will install additional 2G/3G base stations along the tracks leading to the host cities of FIFA World Cup 2018, as well as enhance LTE-coverage and implement 5G technologies at the railway stations and platforms in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, and Sochi.

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MTS AND ERICSSON EXTEND PARTNERSHIP IN 5G AND IOT

четверг, июня 16, 2016

MTS, in partnership with Ericsson, has successfully tested a 5G technology solution - LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) - by aggregating two frequencies – 10 MHz at the LTE-1800 MHz and 20 MHz at the unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum range - at Wi-Fi spots. During testing, we realized speeds up to 200 Mb/sec.

This successful test on MTS networks is the first fruit from our agreement with Ericsson aimed at developing and implementing 5G technologies in Russia, which we signed in December 2015. Aggregation of two networks’ resources – LTE and unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum - allows for better internet speeds indoors, better coverage and enhanced network quality.

In addition, MTS and Ericsson signed an agreement for the supply of software for upgrading MTS’s radio network through 2018, by which the companies will implement Internet of things (IoT) solutions for 5G networks and test radio interface EC-GSM-IoT (Extended Coverage GSM IoT), a technology which enables operations of M2M devices in operators’ current cellular networks.

EC-GSM-IoT technology significantly reduces the cost and accelerates the deployment of IoT ecosystems. Due to the economical use of the frequency spectrum, new radio interface allows for a multifold increase in the number of operating devices in the M2M network. Due to the increased sensitivity of radio modules, the technology provides for a seven-fold expansion of the range of devices, as well as a reduction in their energy consumption. The implementation of this technology does not require a large-scale replacement of equipment, and, in most cases, the software upgrade can be installed on the radio network nodes. This means that an operator can create an IoT environment virtually anywhere where GSM coverage is available and connect tens of thousands of devices within an area of one base station - where current mobile devices may not "access" a radio signal.

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MTS LAUNCHES “MTS SMART MONEY” BANK CARD SALES

вторник, июня 14, 2016

MTS, in partnership with MTS Bank, are launching sales of “MTS Smart Money”, a debit card that allows users to use various mobile services free of charge subject to certain conditions, such as making a minimum amount of monthly payments with the card or by sustaining a minimum balance on the account. Subscribers of a number of tariffs, including “Smart”, “Smart+” or “Smart Nonstop”, are eligible for the service. This is the first product of its kind on the Russian market, and it reflects increasing synergies between telecommunications and financial services.

MTS Money is a joint project in cooperation with MTS Bank, which MTS launched in April 2011. The project aims to developing financial services on the basis of mobile communications for MTS customers. Credit and debit cards “MTS Money” can be purchased at MTS salons and MTS Bank outlets.

MTS SPEEDS UP MOBILE INTERNET BY AGGREGATING TWO LTE STANDARDS

пятница, июня 03, 2016

MTS announces, that it will launch the first fragment of 4G that is an aggregation of spectrum in LTE FDD and LTE TDD standards in Moscow before September 2016 and later in other Russian regions. The aggregation of the two standards will enhance LTE coverage and increase speeds up to 187 Mb/s.

During the testing phase, MTS successfully aggregated the first fragment of its LTE commercial network by combining two carrier frequencies: 10 MHz spectrum bandwidth at the FDD 1,800 MHz standard and a 20 MHz bandwidth at the TDD 2,600 MHz standard. This resulted in increased internet speeds of up to 165 Mb/s outdoors, 85 Mb/s indoors, while the maximum limit was 187 Mb/s. At the same time, the spectrum aggregation directly improved coverage of a LTE TDD base station by 60%, while enhancing the quality of TDD network coverage inside the buildings.

In another set of tests, MTS successfully aggregated three LTE FDD carrier frequencies at the 800 MHz, 1,800 MHz and 2,600 MHz ranges with corresponding spectrum widths of 5 MHz, 10 MHz and 10 MHz. As a result, internet speeds exceeded 163 Mb/s, which is a strong result considering that on a standalone basis the speed would not exceed 112 Mb/s.

Both types of aggregation can work simultaneously, while the system determines automatically the optimal regime depending on network conditions and mobile carrier capabilities.

In Moscow, MTS serves over half of its data traffic over LTE, and the share is steadily growing. The aggregation of FDD and TDD standards will almost double average mobile internet speeds and multiply the effective network coverage of TDD technology by 2.5x. This technique will put MTS customers in a privileged position all over Russia since MTS won a 2,595-2,620 MHz LTE TDD federal spectrum auction in February 2016, while MTS has already been serving Moscow and the Moscow region since 2012 on this LTE standard. Already since the beginning of 2016, the number of LTE-TDD enabled devices has increased by more than 20%.

Development of LTE by MTS

- In Spring 2015, MTS launched a new step towards developing LTE in Russian regions by betting on tech-neutral and multi-range LTE network. To this day, MTS launched tech-neutral LTE-1,800 spectrum in 35 regions and LTE-Advanced with two aggregated frequencies (1,800+2,600 MHz or LTE 800+2,600 MHz) in 25 regions.

- By the end of 2015, MTS was the first Russian telecom operator to launch LTE in all 83 regions where it operated. 

- Since the beginning of 2016, MTS - in cooperation with Cisco – has been implementing a new solution called Cisco SON on its LTE network, which through an automated optimization process can improve internet speeds by 20% on average, enhance network access by 25% and decreases the amount of connection abruptions by 10%.

- Throughout 2015, MTS increased its Moscow LTE network by 50%, while quadrupling the number of indoor base stations.

MTS LAUNCHES 3G ACCESS FOR MOSCOW METRO RIDERS

вторник, мая 24, 2016

MTS, in partnership with Wi-Fi provider “MaximaTelecom”, have signed a strategic agreement, by which the companies will install femtocells in Moscow metro wagons by the end of Q1 2017. These base stations will be integrated to MaximaTelecom’s existing infrastructure and will enable metro passengers to use high-quality voice and data services in the Moscow metro on the 3G standard. 

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REPORT ON DATA AND VAS USAGE IN B2B IN RUSSIA

пятница, мая 20, 2016

We have issued a report on consumption of mobile internet and value-added services (VAS) by corporate users in Q1 2016, based on depersonalized big data analysis.

Highlights of the report:

- Connections to VAS in the small and medium business segment doubled in Q1 2016 compared to Q1 2015, whilst connections in the big business segment grew 1.5 times

- Two segments of the VAS market account for the greatest demand – these are services which help to boost sales (VAS services) and services which increase efficiency in business operations

- Big businesses have greater demand for cloud services and solutions for remote data storage and processing

- Consumption of mobile traffic by corporate users has doubled in Q1 2016 compared to Q1 2015

- The share of 4G traffic as part of total mobile traffic has tripled

You can download the complete report through this link: 

160520_Research on B2B data and VAS usage.pdf (732,40 kb)

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NOKIA AND MTS GROUP TO COLLABORATE ON IOT AND 5G IN RUSSIA

среда, мая 18, 2016

MTS and Nokia have signed a collaboration agreement that will create a strategic path to the realization of 5G technology. The companies will deploy a test network during an international sports event in Russia in 2018.

MTS has outlined a roadmap to evolve its networks to 5G, among other things in order to be prepared to release the full potential of the growing segment of the Internet of Things, that not only create technological challenges, but also opportunities, for new services and applications.

 

Together with Nokia, MTS Group will develop test projects that leverage 4G technologies such as LTE-Advanced Pro as well as 5G to enable faster speeds, lower latency and new spectrum efficiencies. In 2018, the two companies will implement a 5G test network in a Russian football stadium to allow fans to experience innovative video and other services during the major event being staged there.

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MTS EXPANDS VIDEO OFFERING THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH AMEDIATEKA

понедельник, апреля 25, 2016

MTS established a partnership with the online media destination, Amediateka (https://www.amediateka.ru/). Amediateka’s library includes today’s most popular TV-series produced by the world’s leading studios, which include Game of Thrones and other titles, will be available via subscription through MTS TV for streaming to any number of devices.

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МТS AND ERICSSON BOOST 3G NETWORK SPEED UP TO 4G

четверг, апреля 07, 2016

MTS and Ericsson, the world leader in the field of ICT, announce the successful testing of three-frequency band aggregation in an existing commercial 3G network operating in Ufa (The Republic of Bashkortostan).  During testing, peak data transfer rate increased by one-third – up to 63 Mbit/sec, which is comparable with 4G speeds.

The aggregation of three 5 MHz band carrier frequencies was conducted in the 2.1 GHz band with data being transferred by one stream to a single mobile device, which supports HSDPA Multi-Carrier 3 Carriers technology.

Today, more than 90% of MTS 3G base stations work on DC-HSDPA+ technology, which utilizes dual-carrier bands and provides peak rates of 42 Mbit/sec. Nevertheless, 64% of DC-HSPDA+ base stations in 83 regions of Russia are enabled with third frequency carrier capabilities, which may be used to increase the capacity of the network by one-third or to increase access rates up to 63 Mbit/sec.

Around 68% of MTS total data traffic is 3G, so the Company continues to upgrade its 3G networks. Since 2014, MTS has enabled tri-carrier frequency on base stations in different regions of Russia. The steady growth of access speed of 3G base stations from 42 Mbit/sec to 63 Mbit/sec demonstrates that the technical specs come close to those of 4G networks. That is why with new mobile terminals appearing on the market MTS plans to use tri-band carrier aggregation to increase speed and use 3G frequencies more efficiently.

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