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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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ALEXEY KORNYA'S PRESENTATION AT THE ADAM SMITH CONFERENCES' CFO SUMMIT IN MOSCOW

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

On October 27, 2010, Alexey Kornya, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MTS, presented at the 7th Annual Russian CFO Summit hosted by the Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow. In his presentation, Alexey provided an overview of MTS’ policies aimed at optimization of the debt portfolio.  He highlighted the fact that the average cost of debt has been reduced from 11.2% in September 2009 to 8.4% in October 2010 while the average maturity of the loan portfolio has been increased from 3 to 5 years (slide 14 in the attached presentation). In line with the Company’s preference for ruble denominated debt the currency structure of liabilities has been rebalanced. According to Mr. Kornya, by the end of 2010 the foreign currency denominated debt will constitute less than 30% of the Company’s liabilities (slide 15).

A PDF version of the presentation (in Russian) can be found below for review.

 Adam Smith Conferences Presentation

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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR SEPTEMBER 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of September 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Sep 30, 2010 Aug 31, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Sep 30, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 100.56 99.57 1.00 1.0% 96.86 3.71 3.8%
Russia 69.67 69.11 0.57 0.8% 68.70 0.97 1.4%
Ukraine 18.15 17.99 0.16 0.9% 17.78 0.37 2.1%
Uzbekistan 8.16 7.96 0.21 2.6% 6.79 1.37 20.2%
Turkmenistan 2.39 2.33 0.06 2.4% 1.50 0.88 58.9%
Armenia 2.19 2.18 0.01 0.6% 2.08 0.11 5.5%
MTS Belarus1 4.64 4.62 0.03 0.6% 4.52 0.12 2.7%

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 September 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 AUGUST 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of August 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Aug 31, 2010 Jul 31, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Aug 31, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 99.57 99.21 0.35 0.4% 96.17 3.40 3.5%
Russia 69.11 69.30 (0.19) (0.3%) 68.26 0.85 1.2%
Ukraine 17.99 17.71 0.29 1.6% 17.77 0.22 1.2%
Uzbekistan 7.96 7.81 0.15 1.9% 6.67 1.28 19.2%
Turkmenistan 2.33 2.24 0.09 3.8% 1.41 0.92 65.3%
Armenia 2.18 2.15 0.02 1.2% 2.05 0.12 6.0%
MTS Belarus1 4.62 4.60 0.02 0.5% 4.50 0.12 2.6%

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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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR JULY 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of July 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Jul 31, 2010 Jun 30, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Jul 31, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 99.21 98.82 0.39 0.4% 95.65 3.56 3.7%
Russia 69.30 69.42 (0.12) (0.2%) 67.93 1.37 2.0%
Ukraine 17.71 17.52 0.19 1.1% 17.79 (0.08) (0.5%)
Uzbekistan 7.81 7.59 0.22 2.8% 6.55 1.25 19.1%
Turkmenistan 2.24 2.17 0.08 3.6% 1.33 0.92 69.2%
Armenia 2.15 2.13 0.03 1.3% 2.04 0.11 5.4%
MTS Belarus1 4.60 4.58 0.02 0.4% 4.50 0.09 2.0%

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 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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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR JUNE 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of June 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Jun 30, 2010 May 31, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Jun 30, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 98.82 98.98 (0.16) (0.2%) 95.03 3.79 4.0%
Russia 69.42 69.85 (0.43) (0.6%) 67.42 2.00 3.0%
Ukraine 17.52 17.44 0.08 0.4% 17.78 (0.26) (1.5%)
Uzbekistan 7.59 7.48 0.12 1.5% 6.53 1.06 16.3%
Turkmenistan 2.17 2.10 0.06 3.1% 1.25 0.91 72.8%
Armenia 2.13 2.11 0.01 0.5% 2.05 0.08 3.9%
MTS Belarus1 4.58 4.56 0.02 0.3% 4.48 0.09 2.1%

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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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR MAY 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of May 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) May 31, 2010 Apr 30, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
May 31, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 98.98 98.65 0.33 0.3% 93.98 5.00 5.3%
Russia 69.85 69.73 0.12 0.2% 66.47 3.38 5.1%
Ukraine 17.44 17.37 0.07 0.4% 17.73 (0.29) (1.6%)
Uzbekistan 7.48 7.43 0.05 0.7% 6.51 0.97 14.9%
Turkmenistan 2.10 2.01 0.09 4.7% 1.23 0.87 70.3%
Armenia 2.11 2.11 0.00 0.0% 2.04 0.08 3.7%
MTS Belarus1 4.56 4.57 0.00 (0.1%) 4.44 0.12 2.8%

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 May 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 APRIL 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of April 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Apr 30, 2010 Mar 31, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Apr 30, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 98.65 97.81 0.84 0.9% 93.03 5.62 6.0%
Russia 69.73 69.08 0.64 0.9% 65.68 4.05 6.2%
Ukraine 17.37 17.35 0.02 0.1% 17.82 (0.45) (2.5%)
Uzbekistan 7.43 7.38 0.05 0.7% 6.30 1.12 17.8%
Turkmenistan 2.01 1.90 0.11 5.8% 1.18 0.83 70.7%
Armenia 2.11 2.11 0.01 0.3% 2.06 0.06 2.9%
MTS Belarus1 4.57 4.57 0.00 (0.1%) 4.41 0.16 3.6%

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 April 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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REBRANDING COMSTAR

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Today we announced our plans to offer Comstar’s products and services under the MTS brand by the end of 2011. After the rebranding is completed, MTS will offer a full range of fixed and mobile communication products under the MTS brand throughout Russia, expanding the presence of our brand and leveraging its strength to sell additional products. We will keep the MGTS brand for fixed telephony in Moscow, as it is one of oldest brands in Russia with roots in the 19th century.

The MTS brand has been recognized as the most powerful and valuable brand in Russia for the last three years by the annual BrandZ ranking published by the Financial Times and Millward Brown. Given the popularity of the MTS brand in its markets of operation, where the Company is renowned for its quality of services and its ability to introduce new innovative products and services, it is logical that we have decided to use the MTS brand for our combined services portfolio.

The rebranding of Comstar-UTS will include the gradual phase out of the Stream brand used for fixed broadband and pay TV products. Eventually, consumers in Russia will be able to get a full range of telecommunications services under the MTS brand, including mobile and fixed voice, broadband, pay TV and content and entertainment services. In addition, Stream and Comstar retail stores will be rebranded to MTS, while MTS stores will start offering a range of consumer products from Comstar.

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