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MTS AND RZD WILL BUILD HIGH-SPEED NETWORKS FOR HIGH-SPEED TRAINS

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.

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MTS AND ERICSSON EXTEND PARTNERSHIP IN 5G AND IOT

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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MTS LAUNCHES “MTS SMART MONEY” BANK CARD SALES

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.

MTS LAUNCHES 3G ACCESS FOR MOSCOW METRO RIDERS

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MTS, in partnership with Wi-Fi provider “MaximaTelecom”, have signed a strategic agreement, by which the companies will install femtocells in Moscow metro wagons by the end of Q1 2017. These base stations will be integrated to MaximaTelecom’s existing infrastructure and will enable metro passengers to use high-quality voice and data services in the Moscow metro on the 3G standard. 

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MTS PLAYS DUO WITH YANDEX

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

At MTS, we are always looking for innovative ways to stimulate consumption of data and value-added services within our customer base. As demand is growing for high-quality – and legal – music content, we  have partnered with Yandex to launch MTS Music, a service based on Yandex’s popular Yandex Music platform. MTS Music is a continuously updated online catalogue with over 20 million songs in different genres and styles, including the recently released hits. Customers can listen to music online through apps available on the Android and iOS platforms, download favorite tracks on smartphones, or listen to curated or customer-created playlists.

MTS has enhanced our voice & data tariff plans (Smart and Ultra) to offer free access to MTS Music during the first month to customers who migrate to these tariff plans after January 20,, 2016. After the first month, customers will be able to continue using a limited version of the service for another two months for free or access the full version for RUB 150 per month. 

MODERNIZING MGTS’ NETWORK IN MOSCOW

Thursday, October 14, 2010

 

It was recently announced that the Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS), the incumbent PSTN operator in Moscow and owned by Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) through its majority ownership of Comstar-UTS, will invest RUB 13 billion in the modernization of its fixed line network between now and 2013. The digitalization will allow the company to decrease its maintenance costs for analogue exchanges, modernize its business processes, optimize employee levels and boost overall efficiency.

We asked Sergey Ivanov, the CEO of MGTS, to elaborate on what the company plans to accomplish through the modernization program.

What is the percentage of digital lines in the MGTS network, and when does the company plan to complete the digitalization process?

As of the beginning of 2010, 63% of our active lines were digitalized. If we maintain the current pace of modernization, we will be able to reach the 100% level by the end of 2013.

How are you going to utilize the space that will become free following the replacement of analogue equipment with digital lines?

A significant effect from the execution of our modernization program will be the freeing up of space from under the automatic telephone exchanges through use of more compact equipment. We are already leasing out 50 000 sq. meters of office and utility space, which brings in more than RUB 0.5 billion of extra revenue annually. We expect this number to increase to up to RUB 2 billion during 2011-2013 as we continue to modernize the network. We are considering different options of utilizing unoccupied spaces, most of which are located in areas with significant investment potential, including leasing out the space outright, leasing it out after making minimal investments, or modernizing the space before leasing it out.

Starting this year, the numbering capacity being introduced is based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) technology. Which new services will be made available to subscribers with the introduction of this technology, and when do you expect to launch them?

Based on this technology, an IMS gateway will be installed in each apartment that will provide access to modern fixed-line services (landline, Internet access, and IPTV) as well as additional high quality services (caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, SMS, etc.).

How does MGTS as the main provider of fixed-line services and a key player in the broadband market benefit from the IMS technology?

IMS is a technology that enables us to simultaneously digitalize the MGTS network and to deliver broadband access to every single apartment in Moscow. Every apartment connected using the IMS technology will have broadband access – both fixed broadband and wireless using Wi-Fi – on top of the regular landline. Once the IMS gateway is installed, it becomes much easier to connect various services, in fact it is already connected, and it is only a matter of actually starting to use it. The IMS technology enables us to significantly decrease investments in network digitalization and to employ innovative technologies.

The MTS infrastructure also uses the IMS technology. Are there any synergies to be realized from MGTS introducing IMS?

The IMS architecture provides a base for convergent solutions for both fixed and mobile services. At this stage we are building up the technological base, but subsequently we will be offering our subscribers convergent solutions, including IMS-based ones.

How will MTS boost sales through integration with MGTS? How does the Group cross-sell services and which bundled offerings will be available to the subscribers?

Already today customers can pay for MGTS’ fixed-line services (local and long distance calls, broadband and TV) and MTS’ mobile services using a unified MGTS bill; payments can be made in the MTS stores. In addition, MTS SIM-cards are distributed in the MGTS offices. In early 2010 sales of a broadband package from MGTS were launched through the MTS retail chain. In the future we will be offering more bundled services.

(Text translated from Russian to English by MTS)

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 Modernization of the MGTS

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EASYPAYMENT FROM MTS

Friday, October 08, 2010

We have recently launched in Russia a new service called EasyPayment. The subscribers can now pay for different  services, both MTS’s and other companies’ using their mobiles by transferring funds from either their bank or personal accounts with MTS. EasyPayment allows payments for municipal services, cable TV, landline, Internet and many others with low to no commission.


Each transaction takes 1-2 minutes with the minimum transaction amount equal to RUB 10 and the maximum to RUB 15,000 for payments from a MTS personal account and up to RUB 30,000 for payments using a bank account.


The user interface for payments allows a greater degree of flexibility as subscribers can now use special applications developed for handsets on the Windows Mobile, Symbian and iPhone operating systems. The Android version is currently being developed. The applications can be downloaded following receipt of a SMS message containing a link to the download page. iPhone users can find the application in the Apple App Store. The subscribers also can make payments using a web-portal or the USSD-service*.


For EasyPayment, MTS partnered with the Bank of Moscow, 1st Processing Bank, a supplier of e-commerce solutions Intervale and the QIWI payment system.


EasyPayment is an improvement from a previous service MTS-Pay that was launched in October 2008 and allowed subscribers to only transfer funds using their bank accounts. In June 2010 we won the prestigious Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award in the “Consumer bank-card innovation” for MTS-Pay.


We consider the mobile payment market in Russia to have good growth prospects on the back of strong existing demand. Given the country’s high wireless penetration and the relatively low credit card penetration and indeed use, services such as MTS’ EasyPayment that allow to use mobile accounts to make payments could play an important part in the development of mobile commerce in Russia. Our projects in this field include money transfers (launched in April 2010); as well as the partnership with the Moscow Metro allowing passengers to buy  tickets using their mobiles at the turnstiles utilizing the NFC** technology (tentative launch at the end of 2010).

 

 


* USSD - Unstructured Supplementary Service Data.
** NFC - Near Field Communication.

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MTS EXECUTIVES RECOGNIZED FOR LEADERSHIP

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Russian business daily Kommersant has recently published its 11th Annual Ranking of Russia’s Best Managers. We are happy to announce that three of MTS’ top executives were selected as leaders in their respective categories. Mikhail Gerchuk, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, was chosen as the Best Marketing Director for the year 2010. Sergey Nikonov, Vice President for Human Resources and Administration, was recognized in the Best Human Resources Director category, and Ruslan Ibragimov, Vice President for Corporate and Legal Matters, was selected as the Best Corporate Governance Director.

The ranking is Kommersant’s joint project with the Russian Managers Association, a nation-wide independent non-governmental organization, which identifies the best professionals in Russia among managers across different industries based on the evaluation of their professional reputation during the year. The rating also takes into consideration the weight of each candidate’s industry in the country’s gross domestic product and his/her citation index in Russian mass media. The initial number of candidates in the running for this rating at times exceeds 5,000 people. This number is then reduced to 2,000 and then to 1,000 for final consideration. The principle of the rating is simple – "The Best choose the best" – with the jury made up of industry experts.

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MTS LAUNCHES NEW PAYMENT SERVICE

Thursday, September 16, 2010

We are pleased to announce that earlier this week MTS launched an automatic payment system that provides the Company’s subscribers with the option to top-up their mobiles by debiting bank accounts. The new service is called Auto-payment and allows users to make automatic money transfers to their mobiles by pre-specified amounts upwards to a maximum of RUB 10,000 once a mobile account reaches a RUB 30 level. No commission is charged for the transaction.

The service is being provided in partnership with Sberbank, the largest credit institution in Russia and CIS. With over 20,000 branches across Russia, Sberbank is an ideal partner in this undertaking.

The service is already available in Moscow and will be launched in other cities in the near future.

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MVNO WITH X5 RETAIL GROUP

Monday, May 17, 2010
    

Last week we signed an agreement to create a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) using MTS’ network with the X5 Retail Group N.V., Russia’s largest retailer in terms of sales. X5 will offer its customers special tariffs that they can subscribe to at the Perekrestok and Karusel stores in Moscow and the Moscow region. It is expected that the launch will take place by the end of summer 2010. This is the second project that MTS has concluded as part of its efforts to expand its distribution channels. Previously, in May 2009, MTS partnered with Auchan, one of the world’s largest food retailers, enabling the company to offer its A-Mobile tariff plan through its stores in Russia.

MTS will dedicate a pool of available telephone numbers to the MVNO and provide X5 subscribers with a full package of mobile communications services, including voice communications and standard services such as roaming, mobile Internet, SMS and MMS. Using its own label, X5 will set the tariffs, attract and service subscribers and ensure in-store information support for the offering.
 
X5’s MVNO platform will be automatically linked to the loyalty bonus system of the Perekrestok and Karusel retail chains, enabling subscribers to exchange points accumulated under the loyalty bonus programs for mobile services. The MVNO will have its own website for customer information in addition to a dedicated call center.

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