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Monday, December 29, 2014

We have issued a report on mobile retail in Russia during Q3, based on the estimates from our mobile retail network.

Highlights from the report:

- In Q3 2014, the number of phones sold in Russia increased by 5.2% compared to Q3 2013 with 12.26 mln devices sold

- In Q3 2014, the mobile handset market in Russia expanded by 12.1% in sales compared to Q3 2013 to reach RUB 67.99 bln

- In Q3 2014, the smartphone market increased by 38.7% compared to Q3 2013 with 7.51 mln smartphones sold

- In Q3 2014, the smartphone market expanded by 21.9% in terms of sales compared to Q3 2013 to reach RUB 60.10 bln

Please download the complete report here

Retail Report Q3_2014.pdf (1.58 mb)


Mobile | Retail, devices | Russia


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

We are pleased to share recently published results of measurements taken by mobile subscribers throughout Russia using the popular application ‘Speedtest’, which was developed by Ookla. Based on over 1.8 million measurements conducted from July to September 2014, MTS has once again demonstrated its leadership in network speeds across Russia. The average downlink speed registered on MTS’s 2G/3G/LTE networks across Russia during Q3 2014 was 20% higher than the average of its competitors.  The results further demonstrate that MTS operates the fastest LTE networks in Moscow with an average downlink speed of 20.3 MB/s, while MTS subscribers in areas ranging from St Petersburg to the Urals and the Far East enjoy faster network speeds relative to their peers on other networks.


You can download the Q3 report below and see a link to our previous report on Speedtest measurements in this post.

Speedtest_v1_14-III (3).pdf (142.17 kb)

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Subscribers (mln)September 30,  2014 

June 30,  2014

Total consolidated subscribers, mln 99.83 96.74 3.09 3.2%
Russia 73.25 70.61 2.65 3.8%
Ukraine* 22.73 22.31 0.42 1.9%
Armenia 2.15 2.12 0.03 1.3%
Turkmenistan 1.69 1.70 (0.01) (0.5%)
MTS Belarus** 5.31 5.26 0.05 0.9%


Subscriber data for Russian mobile operators is compiled by Advanced Communications and Media, a management consulting and research agency specializing in telecommunications and media. You can view their Q3 2014 subscriber report here.  In Q3 2014, MTS adjusted its subscriber methodology to reflects three-months of subscriber activity instead of previously used six-months methodology. Numbers for the previous periods have been retrospectively adjusted.


* Including CDMA subscribers
** MTS owns a 49% stake in Mobile TeleSystems LLC, a mobile operator in Belarus, which is not consolidated.



Wednesday, November 05, 2014

We have recently published a report which looks into patterns of data usage in roaming. 

Highlights of the report include:

Over 38% of the traffic in international roaming is generated by maps and travel applications.

Access to social networks, including posting videos and photos, accounts for 28% of traffic. 

19% of traffic is consumed by reading emails and 10% by internet browsing.  

Over the first nine months of 2014, MTS saw an increase in the number of roamers in countries, which rank among the most popular 

holiday destinations for Russians.

You can download the full report below.


141105_MTS_Roaming_Report.pdf (616.50 kb)

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M2M REPORT, Q3 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

We have recently released a new report on M2M (machine-to-machine) market in Russia for the first nine months of 2014. 

You can download the report below.

Q314_M2M_Report (3).pdf (748.26 kb)



Monday, October 20, 2014

We are pleased to share with you a new report on the structure of the mobile traffic we produced using MTS’s proprietary data for the first nine months of 2014. Some of the findings include: 

Over the last year, the share of traffic generated by smartphones in the total traffic increased from 25% to 33%, while the share of traffic generated by USB modems declined from 50% to 42%;

Social networks account for 11% of the traffic on mobile networks; 

MTS customers consume traffic in a way very similar to European users.

Click below to read the full report.

141020_Mobile_Traffic.pdf (836.49 kb)

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Monday, October 20, 2014

MTS recently launched an initiative to dramatically increase speeds of our networks in major cities through the deployment of small cells.

Small cells are low powered short range base stations which complement service from larger macrocells and are used to offload traffic from 3G and LTE networks. We plan to install thousands of small cells in areas where demand is strongest for mobile Internet, including business centers, shopping malls, airports, railway stations, parks, pedestrian areas, and even busy crossroads. This will enable us to enhance the capacity of our LTE networks and ramp up data transfer speeds. Small cells with an operating range of 100-150 meters active in the 2.6 Ghz range will connect to MTS’s fiber-optic lines and offload traffic from LTE networks.

In the summer of 2014, MTS launched pilot projects for testing small cells in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Small cells installed in the areas of concentration of the subscribers delivered a 10% increase in coverage and a 20% increase in network capacity and consumed traffic. Following the success of the pilot projects, we decided to continue the roll-out of small cells in Moscow and St. Petersburg and deploy them in other big cities in Russia, including Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod and Kazan.   

In order to further increase capacity and LTE speeds, MTS also is preparing to deploy carrier aggregation technology. Earlier this year, MTS became the first company in Russia and the third company globally to have completed testing of carrier aggregation technology over 30 MHz of bandwidth spanning the 1800 MHz and the 2600 MHz ranges.


Currently, MTS’s LTE networks are active in 56 regions throughout Russia. Through the end of this year, MTS will cover 600 population centers across Russia.

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

In H1 2014, MTS sustained its leadership in the Russian mobile services B2G market. During the period the number of government agencies using MTS’s mobile, convergent and fixed-line services increased by 35% year-over-year. The Company’s success in the government tenders reflects its investments in the development of next-generation networks throughout Russia, and Company’s ability to develop tailored products for its current and prospective customers. MTS also benefited from an inflow of customers in the government sector as a result of the introduction of Mobile Number Portability in 2014.

In H1 2014, MTS signed contracts with the Ministry of Public Administration, IT and Telecommunications of the Moscow region and St. Petersburg Committee for Development of Information Technologies and Telecommunications, among others. Most recently, MTS renewed its contract with the State Duma which has been MTS’s customer since 2008.

In 2013-2014, MTS installed and upgraded over 1,500 base stations, femtocells and indoor solutions to improve network quality and coverage for corporate and government customers. Over 30% of the upgrades were made as a part of MTS’s investment program to enhance network performance for prospective customers. Overall, MTS remains the market leader in the Russian B2B sector with a 40% market share by subscribers as of Q1 2014, according to a recent report by Advanced Communications & Media (AC&M), a leading Moscow-based management consulting and research agency specialized in telecommunications and media.



Thursday, October 09, 2014

Andrei Dubovskov, President and CEO of MTS, has been ranked 33rd in the 2014 annual ranking of the most powerful managers in the global telecom industry, up from 59th place in the 2013 ranking. According to the report, “Under his leadership, MTS refocused its marketing activities on increasing customer loyalty and reducing costs of subscriber additions, enabling the company to reduce churn by 6% in 2013. During his tenure Dubovskov has further strengthened MTS’ position in the industry having set in place and implemented a number of initiatives including the enhancement of 3G networks and rolling out 4G networks throughout Russia and the ongoing deployment of GPON in Moscow.” Andrei is the only Russian manager included in the 2014 ranking.

September-October issue of the Global Telecoms Business features an interview with Andrei Dubovskov recorded in mid-September, Andrei talks about ongoing modernization of the mobile networks in Russia and the Company’s success in GPON deployment in Moscow. In the same issue Alexey Kornya, MTS Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, comments on how new accounting rules under US GAAP and IFRS may impact the Company’s reporting.

You can access the full text of the issue online 

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Advanced Communications & Media (AC&M), a leading Moscow-based management consulting and research agency specialized in telecommunications and media, published a report recently on the B2B market in Russia. 

Key findings include:

As of the end of Q1 2014, the total number of active SIM cards used by corporate customers reached 19.4 million. MTS is the market leader in the segment and boasts more than 40% market share by subscribers.

At the end of Q1 2014, the total number of corporate users of mobile Internet and data transfer services in Russia amounted to 7 million SIM cards or 36% of total B2B SIM cards. MTS demonstrates the highest penetration of mobile Internet and data transfer services in the corporate subscriber base.

In 2013, the total number of М2М connections in Russia increased by 54% to over 3.7 million SIM cards or approximately 1.5% of total active SIM cards in Russia. MTS again showcases its success in the market and innovative services by demonstrating more than 65% share of the M2M SIM market.

Click here for the full report.

2014-09 ACM B2B REPORT 1Q2014.pdf (918.26 kb)


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