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MTS LAUNCHES FIRST GLONASS PHONE

Tuesday, April 12, 2011



We have recently launched the МТS Glonass 945, the first mobile phone that supports both the U.S. Global Positioning System (“GPS”) and Russia’s Glonass navigation system. Glonass (“Global Navigation Satellite System”) operated by the Russian Space Forces has a constellation of 24 operational satellites, which cover 100% of Russian territory and 98% of world’s territory. Combining Glonass and GPS significantly increases reliability and precision of the location-based services, which helps users navigate through extreme topography and in the cities with tall buildings that could block the transmissions of some satellites.

The new smartphone has a multi-touch screen and runs on the Android 2.2 operating system. It costs RUB 10 490 when purchased with an MTS tariff.

Pre-installed MTS Navigator app features in-car and “pedestrian mode” directions, complete with 3D moving maps, audio guidance with street name articulation, and thousands of points of interest including restaurants, bars and hotels. MTS Navigator is one of the many location-based services MTS offers to its subscribers. MTS Locator is used for tracking whereabouts of friends and family members, while the Mobile Employees service helps corporate customers to pinpoint location of its employees and vehicles. With MTS Parking, if you have parked your car in the wrong place, and it has been evacuated, you will receive an SMS with directions where to go to get it back. More than 1.2 million of the Company’s subscribers are already using MTS location-based services, and we expect the demand for such services to grow further as more GPS- and Glonass-enabled devices come to market.

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REPORT ON MOBILE RETAIL IN RUSSIA, Q1 2011

Friday, April 08, 2011

Today we are issuing a report on mobile retail in Russia during Q1 2011, based on the estimates from our mobile retail network. You can download it here.

Highlights from the report:

- MTS estimates that during Q1 2011 the sales of handsets in Russia in terms of the units sold increased by 20% compared to the same period of 2010. Around 8.7 mln devices were sold during the quarter
- In Q1 2011, the mobile retail market has expanded by 19% in sales compared to Q1 2010 to reach 39.4 bln rubles
- During Q1 2011, the average retail price of the handsets decreased by 1% compared to Q1 2010, but came in higher than the average price during 2010 – 4 453 rubles
- The market share of the MTS mobile retail network in terms of handsets sold (including wholesale sales) is estimated at 17.2% in Q1 2011
- The share of the MTS-branded handsets sold in the MTS retail network has increased from 10.7% in Q1 2010 to 14.5% in Q1 2011
- In Q1 2011, the MTS-branded MTS 236 was again the most popular device sold through the MTS retail network, accounting for 6.3% of total units sold
 
Please download the compete report here:

 Mobile retail report Q1 2011

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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR FEBRUARY 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of February 2011. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Feb 28, 2011 Jan 31, 2011 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Feb 28, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 104.11 103.61 0.50 0.5% 97.76 6.35 6.5%
Russia 71.86 71.50 0.36 0.5% 69.17 2.70 3.9%
Ukraine 18.27 18.21 0.05 0.3% 17.39 0.88 5.1%
Uzbekistan 9.11 9.00 0.10 1.1% 7.29 1.82 25.0%
Turkmenistan 2.39 2.41 (0.02) (0.7%) 1.82 0.57 31.2%
Armenia 2.49 2.48 0.00 0.1% 2.10 0.39 18.5%
MTS Belarus1 4.74 4.74 0.01 0.2% 4.55 0.19 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 February 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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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR JANUARY 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of January 2011. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Jan 31, 2011 Dec 31, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Jan 31, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 103.61 103.35 0.26 0.3% 97.46 6.15 6.3%
Russia 71.50 71.44 0.06 0.1% 68.88 2.62 3.8%
Ukraine 18.21 18.24 (0.03) (0.2%) 17.52 0.69 3.9%
Uzbekistan 9.00 8.79 0.22 2.5% 7.19 1.81 25.2%
Turkmenistan 2.41 2.42 (0.01) (0.4%) 1.79 0.62 34.8%
Armenia 2.48 2.46 0.02 0.9% 2.08 0.41 19.6%
MTS Belarus1 4.74 4.72 0.02 0.3% 4.55 0.18 4.0%

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 January 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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OMLET.RU TIES UP WITH KINOPOISK.RU

Monday, February 14, 2011



We are happy to announce that we have recently signed a cooperation agreement between MTS-owned content portal Omlet.ru and KinoPoisk.Ru, the largest and most popular online movie database in Russian.

Omlet.ru content portal was launched by MTS in the fall of 2009, offering a large selection of licensed movies, music and games for mobile and computer users. There are about 1,000 movies and TV series available on Omlet.ru today, both Russian and foreign, including a selection of Disney, Universal, and Paramount Pictures movies, and the catalogue is constantly updated with new releases and classic hits. The functionality of KinoPoisk.Ru (translated in Russian as “movie search”) is somewhat similar to imdb.com as it contains information on actors, production crew personnel and enables users to search and rate movies, post reviews and chat.

Under the agreement, links to Omlet.ru have been added to movie descriptions on the KinoPoisk.Ru website, which will enable users to purchase or rent movies they like in a matter of just a few clicks. KinoPoisk.Ru also now features a list of the most popular movies according to the Omlet.ru statistics.

MTS expects that the partnership with KinoPoisk.Ru will expand the Omlet.ru audience - that currently stands at 1.5 million unique visitors a month - by around 100 000 with 15% of the new users regularly purchasing content. 

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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR DECEMBER 2010

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of December 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Dec 31, 2010 Nov 30, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Dec 31, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 103.35 101.63 1.72 1.7% 97.81 5.54 5.7%
Russia 71.44 70.15 1.29 1.8% 69.34 2.10 3.0%
Ukraine 18.24 18.23 0.01 0.1% 17.56 0.68 3.8%
Uzbekistan 8.79 8.64 0.15 1.7% 7.07 1.71 24.2%
Turkmenistan 2.42 2.36 0.06 2.4% 1.76 0.66 37.6%
Armenia 2.46 2.25 0.21 9.5% 2.07 0.39 18.7%
MTS Belarus1 4.72 4.68 0.04 0.8% 4.56 0.16 3.4%

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 December 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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REPORT ON MOBILE RETAIL IN RUSSIA, Q4 2010

Monday, January 17, 2011

Today we are issuing a report on mobile retail in Russia during Q4 2010, based on the estimates from our mobile retail network. You can download it here.

Highlights from the report:
- MTS estimates that during Q4 2010 the sales of handsets in Russia in terms of the units sold increased by 18% compared to the same period of 2009 and by 6% compared to Q3 2010
- We estimate that 10.4 mln devices were sold during the fourth quarter. Overall, in 2010 the volume of mobile retail market increased by 25% to reach 34.8 mln of handsets  
- The average retail price of the handsets went up for the second quarter in a row
- During Q4 2010, according to our estimates, the market share of the MTS mobile retail network (excluding franchise stores) in terms of handsets sold  reached 14.8% (an increase of 3 percentage points compared with Q4 2009)
- In Q4 2010, the MTS-branded MTS 236 was the most popular device sold through the MTS retail network, accounting for 7.8% of total units sold
 

Please download the compete report here:

 Mobile retail report Q4 2010

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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR NOVEMBER 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of November 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Nov 30, 2010 Oct 31, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Nov 30, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 101.63 100.30 1.33 1.3% 97.11 4.52 4.7%
Russia 70.15 69.09 1.06 1.5% 68.78 1.37 2.0%
Ukraine 18.23 18.23 0.00 0.0% 17.60 0.63 3.6%
Uzbekistan 8.64 8.37 0.27 3.2% 7.00 1.63 23.3%
Turkmenistan 2.36 2.40 (0.04) (1.5%) 1.67 0.69 41.6%
Armenia 2.25 2.22 0.03 1.3% 2.05 0.20 9.9%
MTS Belarus1 4.68 4.66 0.02 0.5% 4.54 0.15 3.2%

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 November 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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MTS LAUNCHES LTE IN ARMENIA

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We are pleased to announce that VivaCell-MTS, a majority-owned subsidiary of MTS in Armenia, has recently launched a special LTE test zone in central Yerevan. This will enable VivaCell-MTS subscribers to test this innovative technology with modems that support the 4G standard. This is the first step in a full-scale nationwide network roll-out. MTS is building the network in cooperation with the leading international suppliers - Ericsson and Huawei.

LTE is a “fourth generation” technology that is more advanced than 3.5G/HSPA and HSPA+ technologies already deployed in Armenia. 4G network allows for up to 150 Mbps download and up to 50 Mbps upload rates.

Armenia is the second country where MTS is building a LTE network. In July 2010, MTS became the first mobile operator to launch a 4G network into commercial operation in Uzbekistan.

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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of October 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Oct 31, 2010 Sep 30, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Oct 31, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 100.30 100.56 (0.26) (0.3%) 97.16 3.14 3.2%
Russia 69.09 69.67 (0.59) (0.8%) 68.91 0.18 0.3%
Ukraine 18.23 18.15 0.07 0.4% 17.74 0.49 2.8%
Uzbekistan 8.37 8.16 0.21 2.6% 6.90 1.47 21.3%
Turkmenistan 2.40 2.39 0.01 0.5% 1.57 0.82 52.3%
Armenia 2.22 2.19 0.03 1.2% 2.04 0.18 8.9%
MTS Belarus1 4.66 4.64 0.02 0.3% 4.51 0.15 3.3%

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 October 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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