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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, the world’s largest event for the mobile telecommunications industry, MTS signed an agreement with Ericsson to jointly launch an R&D Center in the Republic of Tatarstan to develop a wide range of innovative solutions based on 5G and IoT technologies. The agreement is a part of the broader strategic collaboration between MTS and Ericsson in the 5G space.

The R&D Center will be opened in the second quarter of 2018 using existing MTS’ infrastructure at the technology park "Innopolis" in Kazan. The first task for the R&D Center is to focus on developing Smart City solutions for Russian urban areas.

The setup of the center assumes that both Ericsson and MTS contribute expertise to the project, including developers, engineers, business analysis and market research. MTS will provide the premises, data center facilities, test environment, additional resources from its Innovation Center, as well as the newly created IoT Lab. Ericsson will provide access to its proprietary technologies (including Ericsson IoT Accelerator, Massive IoT solutions for NB-IoT development), global expertise, educational resources, ecosystem of partners, startups and universities, including consulting support in the form of the Ericsson Cloud Lab in Aachen, Germany, and the Ericsson Garage incubator start-up.

Valery Shorzhin, Vice President, Procurement and Administration, MTS, commented: "MTS is actively preparing its network for the introduction of 5G technologies. We are conducting research both in-house and through partnerships with key suppliers, and continuously testing new solutions. Today, we launch a new stage of our technological cooperation with Ericsson. The launch of a joint R&D Center will significantly accelerate the introduction of innovative products to the market. We hope that the research work of both companies will allow us to bring new developments not only to the Russian, but also to the global market. MTS has the competencies and experience to create innovative products through its own Innovation Center and IoT Lab”.

Sebastian Tolstoy, President, Ericsson (Russia), commented: “Establishing joint R&D Center with MTS at Innopolis is a new phase of our strategic cooperation with MTS in 5G. Ericsson will provide its latest 5G and IoT technologies, global expertise and access to worldwide ecosystem of partners and universities, as well as support of key Business Labs. The R&D Center at Innopolis will become an important part of Ericsson’s global R&D program for the development and launch of IoT innovations to drive large-scale uptake of IoT in Russia and beyond”.

Initially, both companies will create a working group and assemble the technological infrastructure used by the Center. In cooperation with local partners, universities and start-ups, the companies will organize a number of hackathons, focusing on development of Smart City solutions. Subsequently, a joint commission will determine the most promising ideas for building product prototypes. Based on test results, the companies will select the most innovative solutions for practical implementation in 2019.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

MTS launched the Open IoT Lab in Moscow to demonstrate and trial a wide range of IoT solutions, bringing together IoT suppliers and customers to further stimulate growth in the market. It is the first of its kind in Russia based on NB-IoT (Narrowband-Internet of Things) technology and launched under the GSMA Mobile IoT initiative.

The MTS Open IoT Lab is an innovation space, where our corporate customers, partners and suppliers can explore current and future IoT-enabled solutions in a wide range of fields; from water consumption metering to city lightning management. The Lab serves as a showcase for the effectiveness of various pilot and commercial fragments of IoT-networks utilizing numerous sensors and devices that transmit data to clouds for further processing. The devices are managed and controlled through tablets and laptops, with visual reporting shown on large screens.

The IoT Lab presents the results of our cooperation with a number of vendors. The central part of the showcase is a test NB-IoT network in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands with four pilot products based on Nokia technologies: smart home solutions, smart city infrastructure monitoring and management, energy consumption control in housing services, and physical facility security systems. There is also a test NB-IoT network based on Ericsson solution for housing and communal services.

The adoption of the NB-IoT standard by regulators will further accelerate the commercial launch and rollout of IoT solutions across Russia. Due to the greater available network capacity, energy efficiency and high sensitivity offered by radio modules, the new standard will allow to connect multiple IoT devices to one base station, even in difficult conditions of signal passage and without the sensor battery replacement for several years. MTS is well prepared for the fast approaching connected future and has a wide portfolio of innovative IoT products and services for B2B customers, including solutions for smart home and smart city, monitoring and security, as well as production processes management and others.

Calling to “Explore IoT”, our Lab serves not only as a showroom for MTS IoT products in action, but also as a real laboratory to rise tomorrow’s IoT products. It is designed to provide our partners and device manufacturers wishing to accelerate the development of connected devices with access to our facilities at no cost. They can bring their early stage projects or solutions to our Lab for testing and receiving first-hand operational experience. MTS IoT experts are also available in the Lab for support.

“Today’s announcement serves as yet another illustration of MTS digital-focused strategy. With the launch of the Open IoT Lab, MTS reinforces its commitment to develop the IoT ecosystem in Russia. By providing reliable connectivity and working together with our partners and device manufacturers, we can accelerate the future of the Internet of Things. As next steps in the IoT development, we will strengthen our presence in the IoT segment through open source platforms, cloud apps and the introduction of IoT Platform fit for any scale. We believe that the IoT evolution will benefit individuals, businesses and entire economics by escalating connectedness, removing physical barriers, and harnessing Big Data,” said Kirill Dmitriev, Vice President, Sales and Customer Services, MTS.

"Today, we present a comprehensive infrastructure of the Internet of things using commercially available standardized solutions and open interfaces. The implementation of this project will allow MTS to become the centre of the Russian ecosystem of IoT, combining many developers and applications in various sectors of the economy. The opening of the MTS IoT laboratory is the next step in implementing agreements between our companies in the development of IoT and 5G, "said Demetrio Russo, Vice President, Eastern Europe, Nokia.

“There is a real sense of momentum behind the roll-out of Mobile IoT networks across both NB-IoT and LTE-M with 29 global launches around the world to date. This is underpinned by a growing community of over 25 open labs supporting operators, equipment manufacturers and vendors to trial new technologies,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “We welcome today’s announcement as it provides innovative Russian companies with the opportunity to trial new products and services using LPWA networks and accelerate their time to market.”


МТS leadership and pioneering on the Russian IoT Market

· MTS is the pioneer in M2M field in Russia. MTS was the first operator to introduce the first M2M tariff plan. It was also the pioneer to launch Smart Metering service.  

· MTS is the leader in the Russian IoT market in terms of telematics SIM-cards. According to AC&M Consulting, our market share in 2016 was 43%. 

· MTS regularly expands and actively promotes its portfolio of IoT products and services in Russia:

o In 2009, MTS offered the first M2M solution for vehicle monitoring;  

o In 2011, MTS launched the M2M Manager service to set and control multiple IoT devices;

o In 2016, MTS and Nokia tested the first complex IoT solution and NB-IoT in Russia; 

o In 2017, MTS launched the IoT Platform with an open API for different IoT solutions for enterprises, including "Smart Metering" service.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

MTS has become the first company in Russia to partner with Microsoft to offer Azure hybrid cloud services for corporate clients across the country.

The integrated Microsoft Azure Stack system, hosted in MTS data centers, will allow business customers to create modern hybrid applications combining the capacities of our local data services with global cloud functionality. Furthermore, we will offer Russian B2B clients a choice of where to deploy their new virtual machines and store data - in their own or partner data center within the territory of Russia or in a global cloud.

 The solution allows business customers to use the latest technologies in full compliance with Russian corporate requirements for IT security, as well as to enjoy enhanced applications with high response speeds, giving the opportunity to create a real hybrid cloud and be a platform for hyper-convergent infrastructure. 

Microsoft Azure services and Azure Stack facilities on MTS will be available to Russian business customers in commercial operation from the beginning of 2018. We will provide all the key global Azure services, with localization in Russia, including Iaas, PaaS, Big Data, various types of storage, hybrid variants of redundant, fault-tolerant virtual data centers, lease of licenses and other services that our  corporate clients demand. 

Vladimir Khrenkov, Director for Innovation Development, MTS comments on the deal: "Demand for virtual products is steadily growing by 20-35% each month. Our customers are interested in creating hybrid systems. Every other company that asks us for virtual infrastructure services also requests the possibility of interaction between the resources of private and public clouds. The partnership with Microsoft will allow MTS to meet the customer’s demand and expand the range of its own cloud solutions for the corporate segment."

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MTS and FEFU Launch Partnership to Develop Russky Technopark

Friday, September 08, 2017

At this year’s Third Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, MTS and the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) have signed a partnership agreement to develop Russky Technopark.

Based on Russky Island, Russky Technopark is a large-scale project to develop a unique ecosystem that combines educational institutions, state organizations and private businesses.   

The cooperation of the leading telecoms company in Russia with the largest federal university in the Far East of the country will facilitate technological entrepreneurship and provide support to start-up businesses, driving the development of innovative R&D projects and acting as a launch pad for new digital products. 

MTS will offer students a unique opportunity to participate in the implementation of its projects by forming special teams combining students, teachers and MTS staff. MTS will also actively support the educational process and technological research as well as assist in organizing business and scientific promotional events. 

With its strategic focus on digitalization and the development of IT-products, MTS will benefit from the innovative thinking of young ta

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MTS Has Agreed a New Strategic Partnership to Strengthen Its Digital Safety

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

MTS signed an agreement with Group-IB, one of global leaders in the cyber security space,  to cooperate on prevention and investigation of cyber-crime and online fraud, as well as to enhance MTS and its customers’ protection online. 

The two companies will exchange data on cyber threats, provide each other with ongoing organizational and methodological support, and assist with technical, financial and human resources. In particular, MTS will provide access to the data held by its newly established Security Operations Center (SOC), while Group-IB will provide expert support and highly sophisticated software and hardware solutions to monitor, identify and prevent cyber attacks.

Digital safety is one of the cornerstones of MTS’s transformation into an IT company. MTS has already entered the Systems Integration market with innovative IT solutions and cloud services for B2B clients. 

MTS is determined to robustly confront the cyber threat facing the industry and its customers head-on. This year, in line with its digital strategy, MTS will start offering information security products to clients. The cooperation with a world-class digital intelligence firm will further strengthen MTS’s IT security expertise and make its subscribers and customers even safer. 

The number of cyber attacks in Russia is constantly increasing. According to Group-IB estimates, in 2016, the Russian cybercrime market exceeded RUB 5.5 billion, an increase of 44% over the year. 

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” or the “Company” – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, and «VimpelCom” PJSC (Beeline brand) announce the start of spectrum sharing in 4G-network in Cherepovetz (Vologda region) which allows to increase data transfer speeds available to the subscribers at peak speeds of 150 Mb/s. Vologda region became the first region where two operators united their spectrums within a large-scale project to jointly construct and utilize LTE networks in more than 30 regions in Russia.  

Sharing of the operators’ 10 MHz bandwidth in the 2600 MHz range spectrums will permit an increase in data transfer speeds over LTE networks up to a peak speed of 150 Mb/s.

In December 2015, MTS and VimpelCom signed an addendum to their agreement on the joint planning, development and usage of LTE networks, which they originally concluded in 2014 to unite their spectrum bands in 20 regions in Russia. In 2016, the list of the regions was expanded to 31.  Apart from Vologda region, in 2016-2017, the operators plan to unite their spectrum resources in other regions. 

The development of the project became possible due to adoption of amendments to the law “On Communications” that legislated the operator’s right to jointly utilize spectrum. 

“After two years of execution, our ambitious project with VimpelCom is entering its final stage – during the next year, we’ll unite our LTE networks on shared spectrums in more than 30 regions. The project allows us to minimize costs on construction and utilizing of the base stations, decrease the timeline for network launch and what is more provide our subscribers with the higher mobile internet speeds in modern LTE networks”, noted Andrei Ushatskiy, Vice President for Technology and IT. 

In December 2014, MTS and VimpelCom signed a partnership agreement to jointly plan, develop and use LTE networks in Russia in 36 regions in Russia. Under the agreement, in 2014 – 2016, MTS develops shared mobile data networks in 19 regions in Russia, while VimpelCom constructs networks in 17 regions.The agreement will last seven years with an option of prolongation. During this period, operators will share base stations, sites, transport networks and other infrastructure. The agreement will not preclude either company from develop their own networks in addition to shared infrastructure in the designated regions.


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” or the “Company” – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia, announces that MTS President Andrey Dubovskov has been elected to the Board of the GSM Association (GSMA).

The Board of the GSMA consists of 25 representatives from the world’s largest telecommunications operators, as well as the Director General of the GSMA. Board representatives include the top managers of leading telecom operators such as AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Orange Group, Verizon, TURKCELL and many others.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Dubovskov as part of the GSMA Board. We look forward to working with Mr. Dubovoskov and our other Board members to promote the strategic priorities of the global telecom community and to find answers to the global challenges presented by the digital market." - commented GSMA Director General Mats Granryd.

“Serving on the Board of the GSMA is a great honor, and I look forward to representing both MTS and the markets, in which we operate. We have long believed that Russia and our neighboring markets have been at the forefront of innovation in telecommunications, whether it is the technical development of our networks, the regulatory environment in which we operate or the core relationship between customer and operator. As this relationship further evolves, we believe that our markets will present ample opportunities to benefit the GSMA and the overall work of our fellow operators.” - commented Andrey Dubovskov, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTS.

The GSMA represents the interests of telecom operators worldwide and combines around 800 operators, as well as nearly 300 companies that participate in the telecom market, including manufacturers of mobile devices and software, equipment suppliers, and companies in related industries.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

MTS and Russian Railways have signed a memorandum to further develop of communication networks along the Moscow – Saint Petersburg railway line.

In 2016-2017, MTS will install base stations along the railway track on the territories of Moscow, Tver, Novgorod and Leningrad regions. In addition, the high-speed trains “Sapsan” will be installed with indoors multi-spectrum repeaters (900/1800/2100 MHz). These solutions will allow for sound network coverage without the loss of signal during the ride.

In addition to the Moscow-Saint Petersburg line, MTS will install additional 2G/3G base stations along the tracks leading to the host cities of FIFA World Cup 2018, as well as enhance LTE-coverage and implement 5G technologies at the railway stations and platforms in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, and Sochi.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

MTS, in partnership with Ericsson, has successfully tested a 5G technology solution - LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) - by aggregating two frequencies – 10 MHz at the LTE-1800 MHz and 20 MHz at the unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum range - at Wi-Fi spots. During testing, we realized speeds up to 200 Mb/sec.

This successful test on MTS networks is the first fruit from our agreement with Ericsson aimed at developing and implementing 5G technologies in Russia, which we signed in December 2015. Aggregation of two networks’ resources – LTE and unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum - allows for better internet speeds indoors, better coverage and enhanced network quality.

In addition, MTS and Ericsson signed an agreement for the supply of software for upgrading MTS’s radio network through 2018, by which the companies will implement Internet of things (IoT) solutions for 5G networks and test radio interface EC-GSM-IoT (Extended Coverage GSM IoT), a technology which enables operations of M2M devices in operators’ current cellular networks.

EC-GSM-IoT technology significantly reduces the cost and accelerates the deployment of IoT ecosystems. Due to the economical use of the frequency spectrum, new radio interface allows for a multifold increase in the number of operating devices in the M2M network. Due to the increased sensitivity of radio modules, the technology provides for a seven-fold expansion of the range of devices, as well as a reduction in their energy consumption. The implementation of this technology does not require a large-scale replacement of equipment, and, in most cases, the software upgrade can be installed on the radio network nodes. This means that an operator can create an IoT environment virtually anywhere where GSM coverage is available and connect tens of thousands of devices within an area of one base station - where current mobile devices may not "access" a radio signal.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

MTS, in partnership with MTS Bank, are launching sales of “MTS Smart Money”, a debit card that allows users to use various mobile services free of charge subject to certain conditions, such as making a minimum amount of monthly payments with the card or by sustaining a minimum balance on the account. Subscribers of a number of tariffs, including “Smart”, “Smart+” or “Smart Nonstop”, are eligible for the service. This is the first product of its kind on the Russian market, and it reflects increasing synergies between telecommunications and financial services.

MTS Money is a joint project in cooperation with MTS Bank, which MTS launched in April 2011. The project aims to developing financial services on the basis of mobile communications for MTS customers. Credit and debit cards “MTS Money” can be purchased at MTS salons and MTS Bank outlets.

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