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3G IN THE MOSCOW UNDERGROUND

Thursday, July 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

Monday, June 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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