Monday, November 28, 2011
IBM’s Smarter Planet Blog recently discussed a survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and IBM’s Institute for Business Value on cloud use in the enterprise. Breaking down the evolution of cloud technology into three phases, they declare we’ve now entered the “innovation phase,” characterized as:
1. Taking cost out of the data center via increased utilization of computing resources;
2. Using cloud services to improve business processes and operational effectiveness; and
3. Innovating–using the cloud to enable new business models and to try them out quickly and inexpensively.
Results from the survey of nearly 600 business and IT leaders:
“Cloud uptake continues at a rapid pace. More than 70% of the respondents said their organizations are piloting, adopting or achieving substantial benefits from cloud computing. Asked what they expect three years hence, that number tops 90%. Even more interesting are the results pointing to innovation as a major goal. Only about 15% said they’re using clouds to create new business opportunities or transform the way they do business today. That number pushes towards 50% in the three-year time horizon.”
Even in these early days of cloud innovation, MTS has already ventured in this market launching a SaaS (Software as a Service) portal in Belarus, where MTS non-consolidated subsidiary operates. The portal, launched in partnership with NEC Corporation, one of the world's leading providers of enterprise business solution, offers SMEs and private customers access to a variety of software products in the cloud. It allows users to reduce costs related to purchasing, installing, upgrading and servicing software. The software bundle includes “1C enterprise”, accounting and ERP software, an application for sending SMS to the contacts base and building promotional web-sites optimized for mobile phones, a basic service for video-conferences on PCs, and a video conferencing service for business customers with enhanced functionality.
By virtue of this project, MTS can test the waters before entering the Russian market for cloud services that – though fairly small today – is expected to grow up to $1.2 billion by 2015 according to IDC forecasts.
Thursday, May 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.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
We have recently signed a partnership agreement with FC Zenit St. Petersburg, one of the most successful football clubs in Russia. As the official partner of the club, MTS will provide Zenit with mobile communications services and will participate in various projects aimed at promoting the club.
Zenit has recently become one of the most recognized Russian sports brands, winning both the 2008 UEFA Cup and the 2008 UEFA Super Cup. We decided to become partners with Zenit due to its unique appeal in St. Petersburg and growing presence in the international football community.
MTS has a long and successful history of supporting sports. Most recently, we were the general partner of the Russian Olympic Committee and the official mobile communications provider of the Russian team during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. We have also supported Olympic Committees across the CIS countries where our network is present – in Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Belarus.
MTS banners have already appeared at Zenit’s home stadium in St. Petersburg as was evident during a recent game with the Italian side Udinese Calcio in the 2009 UEFA Cup competition (http://www.uefa.com/competitions/uefacup/fixturesresults/round=15287/match=304837/index.html):