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SPEEDTEST RESULTS FOR DATA NETWORKS SPEEDS IN 2014

Saturday, March 21, 2015

We are pleased to share results of measurements taken during 2014 by mobile subscribers throughout Russia using the popular application ‘Speedtest’, which was developed by Ookla.

Based on over 7.7 million measurements conducted from January to December 2014, MTS can demonstrate leadership in data transfer speeds across Russia. The average downlink speed recorded on MTS’s 2G/3G/LTE networks across Russia during 2014 was 8% higher than the average of its competitors.  In Moscow, MTS’s networks deliver speeds, which exceed the average of its competitors by 13%.

In 2014, MTS installed over 15,000 3G and LTE sites throughout Russia. By the end of the year, MTS offers LTE services in 76 regions of Russia, while over 85% of its 3G network was enabled by Dual-Carrier HSPA+. MTS’s fiber networks grew to 160,000 km as MTS continues its focus on developing data markets throughout the region.

See below the the full report.

_Speedtest 2014_ (6).pdf (122.64 kb)

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NETWORK DEVELOPMENT IN 2014

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In 2014, we expanded our network by 20% through the installation of 15,000 3G and LTE base stations. By the end of the year, MTS launched LTE networks in 76 of Russia’s 85 regions. 

 

During the year, we continued to enhance our 2G and 3G networks and realized total population coverage of 98% by the end of the year. Over 80% of 3G base stations on our network now deliver speeds of 42 Mb/s, the fastest data transfer speed commercially available, through the deployment of Dual-Cell HSPA+. The remaining 3G base stations run on HSPA+ standard and deliver speeds up to 21 Mb/s.

 

In 2014, mobile data traffic on MTSs networks increased 1.7 times in Russia. The highest growth in the mobile traffic consumption was registered in the North-West and Moscow regions, where traffic grew 2.2 and 2 times respectively. In Moscow, the volume of the LTE traffic increased 13 times year-over-year due to network development and growing penetration of LTE-enabled smartphones, tablets and dongles. The traffic growth was also aided by Apples decision to enable LTE-TDD network for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, as well as older iPhone 5S and 5C models.

 

The total length of our fiber-optic lines reached 160,000 km in 2014. The increase was driven by the construction of long distance lines in the regions and the aggressive build-out of the Gigabit-capable Passive Optic Network (GPON) in Moscow, where the total length of the lines increased to 40,000 km. GPON is capable of delivering high-speed broadband and digital TV to 3.5 million Moscow households. During the year the number of the households passed doubled while the volume of internet traffic on our network increased by 45%.

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SPEEDTEST RESULTS FOR WIRELESS DATA NETWORK SPEEDS IN Q3 2014

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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REPORT ON MOBILE TRAFFIC

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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SMALL CELLS TO HAVE MAJOR IMPACT ON NETWORK SPEEDS

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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SPEEDTEST RESULTS FOR WIRELESS DATA NETWORKS SPEEDS IN RUSSIA IN H1 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We are pleased to share recently published results regarding network performance in Russia.  Based on over 2.3 million measurements taken by mobile subscribers throughout Russia using the application ‘Speedtest’, which was developed by Ookla, MTS has once again outperformed its peers.  As in the previous report for the first nine months of 2013, MTS demonstrated higher average downlink and uplink speeds throughout Russia and in large cities like Moscow.  Overall, the report states that MTS operates the fastest LTE networks in Russia with an average downlink speed of 20.5 Mbs.

 

Please see below the link to the full report. 

Speedtest.pdf (136.52 kb)

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MTS SUCCESSFULLY TESTS CARRIER AGGREGATION

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MTS has become the first company in Russia and the third globally to have completed testing of Carrier Aggregation Technology over 30 MHz of bandwidth spanning the 1800 MHz and the 2600 MHz ranges. 

Carrier Aggregation Technology is a key component of LTE-Advanced and used to increase bandwidth and in turn improve network speed and performance.  The tests demonstrated how MTS can increase mobile Internet speeds using existing spectrum in multiple bandwidths up to 225 mbps. The tests were conducted  in the region of Bashkortostan on a commercially launched LTE network constructed by Ericsson. USB modems from Huawei and smartphones from Samsung, which MTS sells throughout its retail chains, were used during the tests.

Using LTE at the 1800 MHz range gives MTS a number of advantages in terms of network planning and development: it increases network penetration and coverage and allows MTS to repurpose equipment and infrastructure already utilized for GSM networks. The launch of LTE networks over the 1800 MHz range will enable Company to provide high-speed Internet access to all of the population centers in Bashkortostan with population over 2,000 people.

MTS expects to launch LTE-Advanced technologies throughout Russia to more efficiently utilize its existing spectrum and optimize its future capital expenditures.

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MTS LAUNCHES LTE-ENABLED SMARTPHONE AND TABLET

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Today MTS launched sales of an MTS-branded smartphone and tablet designed to operate on MTS's LTE networks at speeds up to 100 MB/s. The MTS 1078 tablet and the MTS 978 smartphone are the most affordable LTE-enabled devices available on the Russian market. LTE-enabled devices from MTS come preinstalled with both popular MTS-branded apps, such as MTS Service, MTS TV, Easy Pay, Second Memory, MTS Locator, and MTS Good’OK, as well as leading apps from our partners, including Opera Mini, Facebook, Odnoklassniki, Vkontakte, Twitter, Shazam, OfficeSuite and Antivirus Pro.

Usage of the preinstalled applications has been shown to help drive data ARPU growth from MTS branded smartphones, which is on average by 20% hig her than average data ARPU of all of the smartphones on the MTS networks.

MTS’s LTE networks have been launched in ten of the Russia’s regions. MTS aims to cover 600 population centers with 4G networks by the end of 2014.

 

MTS 1078

Android 4.1

3G/4G, WiFi, Bluetooth

IPS HD 7” 1280*800

2*3 megapixel cameras

1.6 HHz processor

1GB op. memory/4GB inbuilt memory

Micro SD (32 GB)

4160 mAh

 

RUB 9 990 

 

MTS 978

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

2G/3G/4G, WiFi, Bluetooth

8 megapixel camera

4.7” IPS HD, 1280х720

1.4 HHz

1 GB op. memory

2000 mAh

Price: RUB 9 490 

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MTS DIRECTOR FOR B2C MARKETING SPOKE WITH FIERCE WIRELESS

Friday, July 26, 2013

Vyacheslav Nikolaev, MTS Director for B2C Marketing, recently spoke with Anne Morris from Fierce Wireless Europe, one of the leading telecom publications, about MTS's plans to launch convergent offerings, pace of LTE network deployment and hurdles with refamring of the 800 MHz range. Click here to read the interview. 

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MICHAEL HECKER'S INTERVIEW WITH GLOBAL TELECOMS BUSINESS

Friday, August 24, 2012

Dr. Michael Hecker, MTS Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development, spoke with Alan Burkitt-Gray, editor of the leading trade magazine Global Telecoms Business, on the problems MTS is facing in Uzbekistan, where four of the MTS employees remain imprisoned, and on the Company's plans for LTE roll-out in Russia. Click here to read the article. 

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