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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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SPEEDTEST RESULTS FOR WIRELESS DATA NETWORK SPEEDS IN Q3 2014

вторник, декабря 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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ERICSSON SUPPORTING MTS IN 3G ROLL-OUT

пятница, июня 01, 2012

We wanted to share with you a great movie Ericsson filmed about the role they played in MTS’s 3G roll-out. Ericsson was one of the vendors that MTS retained to ensure that the ambitious goal of covering 80% of Russia’s populated territory with 3G network is attained within the shortest possible timeframe. MTS obtained its 3G license in 2007, and launched services in major cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow in 2008-2009.  Yet the large-scale, nationwide roll-out of our 3G network didn’t begin until the second half of 2010. MTS has since installed 23,000 base stations, covering 14,000 population centers across Russia. The project required mobilization of significant resources within the company since nearly 5,000 employees were actively involved in planning the roll-out, identifying locations for sites, ensuring that proper paperwork was completed, connecting base stations to transport networks and overseeing construction carried out both by our strategic vendors - Ericsson, NSN (Nokia Siemens Networks) and Huawei - as well as their network of subcontractors. NSN focused their efforts on Moscow and Central Russia, Huawei was hard at work in Russia’s Far East while Ericsson - as this video attests - delivered 9,000 base stations across Russia.

 

The 3G build out continues into 2012 as we aim to reach our goal of 28,000 base stations, but the deployment of the network has already translated into dramatic increases in data traffic - from 70 Mb per user month in Q1 2010 to 455 Mb in Q1 2012. Furthermore, data traffic revenues have doubled during this period.

Click here to view the video on our youtube channel.

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Mobile | Russia

FLIPPING THE SWITCH ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY

среда, октября 05, 2011

MTS continues to roll-out 3G networks. By the end of the second quarter 2011 we have installed more than 16,000 3G base stations extending 3G coverage to more than 2,000 population centers.  But with this growth comes the challenge of providing electricity to these expanding networks.  Energy expense accounts for a considerable share of the operational cost for telecommunications networks.

 

With this in mind, it may seem quite bold to publicly announce a goal at MTS of reducing electricity consumption costs by 4%. This goal is one of the metrics associated with the company’s recently-launched Energy Efficiency Program – the other key (and also highly ambitious) goal is a 5-6% reduction in gas consumption costs by the end of 2011.

 

MTS plans to generate these savings through a number of cost-savings initiatives including:

 

·         Using M2M modules for online monitoring of energy consumption by base stations and other elements of

          networks' infrastructure;

·         Installation of free cooling equipment for base stations;

·         Utilization of Moscow region hydrogen power as an alternative energy source;

·         Utilization of solar batteries as power sources for base power stations; and

·         Modernization of the lighting system, which incorporates the use of energy efficient light bulbs, adjusting

          lighting levels depending on the time of day.

 

Along with the cost savings, analysis by GigaOm Pro and Pike Research shows that the world’s telecom companies can expect to see a 42 percent decrease in CO2 emissions through the installation of energy efficient network technology to base stations. So it doesn’t just make good business sense but environmental sense as well.

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MTS LAUNCHES FIRST GLONASS PHONE

вторник, апреля 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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3G NETWORK LAUNCHED IN BELARUS

четверг, мая 27, 2010

We have launched commercial 3G network in Belarus this week. The network is based on the HSPA+ technology, allowing up to 21 Mbit/s download and 11 Mbit/s upload speeds. The network is currently available in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, and will be expanded to the major cities and regional centers of the country by the end of the year.

In addition, we have fulfilled our 3G license requirement for the commercial 3G network in Russia following the launch of the network in the last remaining federal subject, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. As of today, MTS has commercial 3G networks in all Russian federal subjects.

The conditions of the IMT-2000/UMTS license that we have received in April 2007 stipulated that we had to launch commercial 3G networks in all Russian federal subjects by May 2010.

We have talked extensively about the development of 3G networks in Russia in our blog, including the growth in mobile internet in Russia and the launch of the network in Moscow and the Moscow Metro. MTS is constantly expanding its network, and, since the beginning of 2009, geographic area of 3G coverage in Russia grew 3.7 times.

During the first quarter of 2010, 3G traffic on MTS’ network in Russia grew 10.9 times year-on-year. The share of 3G in total traffic has increased to 59% in Q1 2010 from 28% in Q1 2009. The most avid 3G users reside in Sochi, Krasnodar, Saint Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Novosibirsk, Novorossiysk, Surgut, Kemerovo, Samara, Kazan and Vladivostok, where 3G was launched for some time now.

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3G ON THE STREETS OF MOSCOW

вторник, января 19, 2010


3G network in Moscow, as of January 15, 2010.


At the end of December 2009, we launched our commercial 3G network in Moscow, complementing our existing coverage in the Moscow region and throughout Russia. At the time of launch, our network consisted of 197 base stations, which allowed us to offer extensive coverage within the MKAD (the so-called beltway, or highway, that surrounds Moscow) to a population of over 10 million.  By the end of January, we will have installed up to 300 base stations to serve Russia's capital.  For the latest network map, click here.

We estimate that data traffic has already increased 2-3 times in areas where both 2G and 3G networks are available, compared to the traffic prior to the launch of 3G. Currently, we have a variety of special tariffs for 3G users, including unlimited ones.

The network was launched after MTS received permission from the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communication (Roskomnadzor) to install up to 783 UMTS base stations on the streets of Moscow. Earlier, the company received permission to launch 3G in the Moscow Metro and in the largest business and shopping centers in the city.

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MOBILE INTERNET TAKING OFF IN RUSSIA

среда, августа 19, 2009


Mobile Internet is taking off rapidly in Russia, as all three national mobile operators already operate 3G networks and offer mobile Internet modems. We have been selling the MTS Connect modem in Russia since early 2008 and have sold over 600,000 modems since July 2008, as 3G networks were launched across the country. Currently, we estimate that around 200,000 modems are being sold monthly in Russia by mobile operators, CDMA operators and WiMAX providers, and MTS Connect accounts for around 30% of the total.

Yesterday, we announced a partnership with Intel to support the uptake of mobile Internet solutions in Russia. The first joint initiative under this partnership is a promotion of a bundled offer that will include an Intel-powered netbook, an MTS Connect modem and a special MTS tariff plan.

The first netbook made available under the initiative is Acer Aspire One D250, powered by Intel® Atom™ Processor (http://www.intel.com/technology/atom/). Starting August 18, the netbook will be available across Russia in MTS monobrand retail stores, packaged with an MTS Connect modem, an MTS SIM card with a mobile Internet tariff plan and 600 MB of free traffic.

With a price tag of RUB 14,990 (approx. $470), the new netbook will be an attractive offer to customers in Russia who are looking for greater portability or an entry-level PC solution. As MTS’ 3G networks are already available in 39 Russian cities, the new netbook will let MTS subscribers connect to the Internet with speeds of up to 3.6 Mbit/sec using our HSPA networks. MTS Connect modem allows subscribers to connect to Internet in international roaming and through EDGE/GPRS networks in Russia where 3G is yet to be deployed.

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3G IN THE MOSCOW UNDERGROUND

четверг, июля 09, 2009

Today we have brought 3G to the underground world of Moscow. The first 3G network in the Moscow Metro was launched on Universitet station, named after the nearby Moscow State University.

Moscow Metro is the main public transport of the capital carrying about 9 mln passengers on a typical week day (2008 data, source: Moscow Metro Annual Report 2008). We are certain that gaining access to fast data connections through 3G will appeal to passengers, as they can read the latest news, send emails or browse the Internet using their mobile devices. In order to spur the uptake in familiarity and usage of 3G-enabled services, we decided to launch the first phase of the network on the station where the younger educated crowd is commuting to one of the most prestigious universities in Russia. In fact, we have noticed that in the Russian cities where 3G networks have already been launched, students and young people are some of the heaviest users of the new services enabled by 3G.

Our CTO Andrei Ushatskiy noted today that MTS was the first operator to bring mobile networks to the Moscow Metro in 2000, and that we continue to bring innovative solutions to our customers traveling underground. We are planning to expand 3G networks in the Moscow Metro and cover all the stations on one of the busiest lines, Koltsevaya (Ring Line), during this Fall.

For more information about our 3G network expansion in Russia, please see our post from June 22.

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3G ONE YEAR ON

понедельник, июня 22, 2009


Over a year ago, MTS announced the launch of its first 3G networks in Russia – in Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Yekaterinburg and Kazan. We have since brought next-generation mobile networks to all seven federal districts of Russia with presence in 32 of largest cities and plans to have over 40 cities covered by the end of 2009. In the cities where we already launched 3G, we continue to add new base stations and expand coverage. During Q1’09, we almost doubled our coverage area in Russia.

The uptake of 3G services is very encouraging:
  • Traffic volume in 3G networks increased 3.2 times q-o-q in Q1’09;
  • Data revenues generated in 3G networks grew 2.7 times q-o-q in Q1’09;
  • Half of the current 3G users consume around 1Gb of traffic per month;
  • Number of 3G users doubled every quarter.

In May 2009, we unveiled the first indoor 3G network in Moscow by launching in Expocentre, one of the largest exhibition centers in Eastern Europe. We are planning to provide 3G network coverage in 35 largest business and shopping centers in Moscow in 2009, including the Domodedovo International Airport, as part of our eventual full network roll-out.

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