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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR AUGUST 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of  August 2011. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln)August 31, 2011July 31, 2011Growth
Subs
Growth
%
August 31, 2010Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 101.40 101.64 -0.24 -0.2% 97.24 4.16 4.2%
Russia 70.19 70.82 -0.63 -0.9% 69.11 1.08 1.6%
Ukraine 18.89 18.73 0.160 0.86% 17.99 0.90 5.0%
Uzbekistan 9.83 9.60 0.23 2.4% 7.96 1.88 23.6%
Armenia 2.49 2.49 0.00 0.1% 2.18 0.31 14.2%
MTS Belarus1 4.83 4.79 0.03 0.7% 4.62 0.21 4.5%


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 August subscriber report here.

1 MTS owns a 49% stake in Mobile TeleSystems LLC, a mobile operator in Belarus, which is not consolidated.

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FIGHTING FIRES WITH WIRELESS

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

According to the United Nations World Economic and Social Survey 2011, over 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) of Russian forests were lost to wildfires last summer. The BBC reported on the thick smog that blanketed Moscow for almost two months leaving CO2 levels in the air more than three times higher than normal.  Wildfires are common in Russia – as they are in any area with large amounts of forests – and serve as a natural part of the ecosystem regeneration. Unfortunately, however, widespread wildfires have been a recurring theme for our summers the past years.

MTS is bringing technology to fight these fires in an innovative way – by launching a federal early warning system called “Forest Fire Watching”. We have joined forces with LLC Systems of Distant Control who has developed the video-monitoring software. MTS will couple its network with advanced technologies (IP-video monitoring, mobile applications, computer vision) to enable one expert from “command central” to monitor wide areas of forest and pinpoint fire locations. This will enable fire fighters to react faster as well as significantly cut costs. Monitoring points are already operational in some of the Russian regions.
  
It’s essential that all eyes and ears are on this issue; as such, we’re linking up with young Russian entrepreneurs to make   fire prevention system more efficient. The Forest Fire Watching project was one of the competition winners for youth innovation in telecom at Telecom Idea 2011, supported by the Russian Ministry for Communications and University Higher School of Economics.

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GOOGLE’S ACQUISITION OF MOTOROLA MAY LEAD TO HANDSET COST REDUCTIONS IN BRIC COUNTRIES

Friday, September 09, 2011

Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility is being greeted warmly in Russia and other emerging markets.  The high price of smartphones is a real barrier to widespread adoption in emerging markets because mobile phones are not subsidized like they are in the U.S. – i.e. no 2-year contracts.  In Russia and other emerging markets consumers pay full price for a phone unlike in U.S. 

So with the Motorola acquisition Russians are seeing some real bright points. With Google making a bigger commitment to Android via Motorola:

•    the price point for the higher-quality handsets might will be lower and they will be made more available for the average consumers;
•    BRIC countries will receive an infusion of innovation and experience higher usages levels;
•    the impact of better mobiles can be expected to be that much greater given that emerging markets tend to rely more on mobile devices (and all the information and connectivity that brings along) than desktop computers.

This deal will prove to be a tremendous boost to the telecommunications industry given that it will increase competition – thereby, enabling consumers to have access to better and more economically priced mobile phones.

Do you all think this deal is a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down?

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DEALING WITH IP ADDRESS EXHAUSTION IN RUSSIA

Thursday, September 08, 2011

You may have heard about the ‘gobbling up’ of IPv4 addresses. If not, in a nutshell – in the 1970s, 4.3 billion addresses were created – we blew through those (in particular in recent years given the boom in mobile devices), and now we must make the transition to IPv6 in order to allow more users and devices to communicate on the Internet. (And in case you’re curious, IPv6 allows for three hundred forty undecillion unique IP addresses, approximately.)

So you might be asking, what happens between now and when we’re fully-transitioned to IPv6 – more specifically, what do we have to do?

For most individual users and businesses, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, when we “officially” run out of IP addresses, the impact will not be noticeable; owing to the fact they most likely use an Internet Service Provider that already handles most of the necessary upgrades.  Larger businesses, however, will be required to upgrade hardware, redesign software, etc.  Failure to do so will cause delays and outages.

That being said, we’re still a ways away from fully-transitioning to IPv6.  According to Akamai’s State of the Internet Report only about 0.25 percent of the top one million websites (as rated by Alexa) can be reached through the IPv6 versions of their sites.  Until all devices become IPv6-enabled, and as long as it’s still cheaper to purchase IPv4 addresses, companies will continue with IPv4 as long as possible.

Knowing this and that very few mobile devices in Russia are IPv6-enabled, MTS has turned to Cisco to “expand numbering capacity” through the Cisco Carrier Grade Network Address Translation.

And what do we mean by “expand numbering capacity”?  MTS will translate millions of private IPv4 addresses to public IPv4 addresses.  It will also now be possible to connect new users by offering one address to several subscribers.  Moreover, the capability to extend the system to 80 million address translations will enable MTS to centralize Internet access for several regional mobile and fixed networks.

Experts estimate that this is enough to ensure that MTS can satisfy the demand for mobile internet usage for at least the next 10 years. By implementing this solution from Cisco we are working to solve capacity issues before they become problems – but also paving the way for the proliferation of video content and new online services.

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MIKHAIL GERCHUK INTERVIEWED BY MOBILE WORLD LIVE

Friday, September 02, 2011

In April Mikhail Gerchuk, MTS Vice President for Marketing, spoke with Mobile World Live, the leading mobile communications resource. Mikhail taked about MTS strategy of offering MTS-branded devices and new market niches MTS is currently exploring. The interview has just been posted at the website. Please use this link to access the video.

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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR JULY 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of  July 2011. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln)July 31, 2011June 30, 2011Growth
Subs
Growth
%
July 31, 2010Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 104.02 103.99 0.11 0.0% 99.31 4.81 4.8%
Russia 70.82 71.08 -0.27 -0.4% 69.30 1.52 2.2%
Ukraine 18.73 18.58 0.151 0.81% 17.71 1.02 5.8%
Uzbekistan 9.60 9.43 0.17 1.8% 7.81 1.8 23.0%
Turkmenistan 2.38 2.38 0.00 0.0% 2.24 0.14 6.1%
Armenia 2.49 2.51 -0.02 -1.0% 2.15 0.33 15.4%
MTS Belarus1 4.79 4.78 0.02 0.4% 4.60 0.20 4.3%


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 July subscriber report here.

1 MTS owns a 49% stake in Mobile TeleSystems LLC, a mobile operator in Belarus, which is not consolidated.

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BRINGING 900 SCHOOLS AND 20 REGIONS INTO RUSSIA’S INFORMATION AGE

Monday, August 29, 2011

MTS is deeply invested in Russia’s information future, and we’re excited to dedicate both financial and technological resources to the newly-launched Interactive Education Portal Studying with MTS. This massive undertaking, completed in partnership with the State Ministry of Telecommunications and Moscow’s Department of Education’s Center for Information and Analytics) will connect parents, teachers, students and everyone involved in the educational process.

 

A recent article in The Economist notes how greater parental involvement is helping the next generation to learn. As such, countries are taking steps to make sure parents stay engaged. For example, in Mexico parents can monitor schools’ performance through an online database, ENLACE.

 

Likewise, here in Russia we want to foster a society hungry for education. We want kids to be eager to learn and to go beyond the classroom. And that is precisely what the Education Portal strives to accomplish.  

Below are just some of the highlights of what the portal – which, by the way, is accessible by mobile phone, tablet or any other personal IT-device:

 

  • - Monitors students’ attendance and achievements statistics based on subject matter or class topic
  • - Views students’ class schedules, homework assignments and teacher comments
  • - Lets teachers and parents communicate interactively, allowing them to exchange ideas or offer suggestions
  • - Connects parents through the system’s SMS alerts and newsletter delivery
  • - Contains the largest database of educational and developmental content in the form of e-books, audio and video files.
  • - Educators can access electronic textbooks, teaching and learn aid
  • - Houses popular periodicals, entertainment, games, videos and music
  • - ….and students can even order lunch remotely via a cell phone or tablet which reduces time spent in queues and minimizes amount of cash that changes hands in schools.

 

In the coming months MTS plans to further develop the project’s functionality. For example, one area we’re working on is providing electronic books with all the necessary educational content and programs preinstalled. The program currently encompasses 900 schools in 20 regions across Russia, and we plan to get more schools involved in the project.

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LOSING YOUR PHONE, BUT NOT YOUR MEMORIES

Thursday, August 25, 2011

As we’re out and about on summer vacation we all worry about losing passports, misplacing cameras – or our cell phones taking a dip in the swimming pool. It’s clear that mobile phone loss or theft is a serious concern for consumers. And on top of that, the personal information we keep on our mobile phones is priceless. The MTS research has revealed that 80% of the subscribers are not making backups of the data stored at handsets as they find data synchronization a tiresome experience.  

 

Well, at least MTS customers don’t have to worry about losing memories. Why? Because we have recently launched a new version of Second Memory service that backs up data stored on mobile handsets. The basic version of the service available for free lets users retrieve all their contacts, a more advanced version enables subscribers to recover photos and multimedia files as well. It’s entirely hassle-free since all your data can be restored at the push of a button.

 

The Second Memory is compatible with most of the OS, including Symbian, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS, and is also available for the users of feature phones supporting Java.

 

By offering this safety net for the customers MTS provides a bit more peace of mind for them.



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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR JUNE 2011

Monday, August 01, 2011

Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of May 2011. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) June 30, 2011 May 31, 2011 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
June 30, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 103.99 103.98 0.01 0.0% 98.82 5.17 5.2%
Russia 71.08 71.37 -0.29 -0.4% 69.42 1.67 2.4%
Ukraine 18.58 18.48 0.10 0.54% 17.52 1.06 6.1%
Uzbekistan 9.43 9.24 0.19 2.1% 7.59 1.84 24.3%
Turkmenistan 2.38 2.38 0.0 0.0% 2.17 0.22 10.0%
Armenia 2.51 2.51 0.0 0.1% 2.13 0.38 18.0%
MTS Belarus1 4.78 4.76 0.02 0.4% 4.58 0.20 4.3%


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 June subscriber report here.

1 MTS owns a 49% stake in Mobile TeleSystems LLC, a mobile operator in Belarus, which is not consolidated.

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MOBILIZING TV IN RUSSIA

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

For decades, people often were described as being “glued to the TV set.”  Today, they say the same about mobile devices.  But what happens when the mobile device becomes the TV?  And what happens if that mobile TV has picture-in-picture?

We’re about to find out.

MTS has just launched commercially MTS Mobile TV tv.mts.ru.  For eight rubles a day ($0.30), subscribers get eight national channels and over 100 channels from 17 countries spanning 26 languages, including Disney, National Geografic, MGM, MTV, France 24, Deutsche Welle, MCM Top. The service is available on Windows Mobile, Symbian, iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry, Android, Bada and delivered via 3G and WiFi networks, and there won’t be any charge for data traffic.

With 570 million mobile TV users projected by the end of 2013 (RNCOS, “Global Mobile TV Forecast to 2013”), the market growth potential is vast. Further down the road, additional features and channels could be offered, as well as new mobile advertising opportunities for businesses.

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