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MTS LAUNCHES FIRST GLONASS PHONE

Tuesday, April 12, 2011



We have recently launched the МТS Glonass 945, the first mobile phone that supports both the U.S. Global Positioning System (“GPS”) and Russia’s Glonass navigation system. Glonass (“Global Navigation Satellite System”) operated by the Russian Space Forces has a constellation of 24 operational satellites, which cover 100% of Russian territory and 98% of world’s territory. Combining Glonass and GPS significantly increases reliability and precision of the location-based services, which helps users navigate through extreme topography and in the cities with tall buildings that could block the transmissions of some satellites.

The new smartphone has a multi-touch screen and runs on the Android 2.2 operating system. It costs RUB 10 490 when purchased with an MTS tariff.

Pre-installed MTS Navigator app features in-car and “pedestrian mode” directions, complete with 3D moving maps, audio guidance with street name articulation, and thousands of points of interest including restaurants, bars and hotels. MTS Navigator is one of the many location-based services MTS offers to its subscribers. MTS Locator is used for tracking whereabouts of friends and family members, while the Mobile Employees service helps corporate customers to pinpoint location of its employees and vehicles. With MTS Parking, if you have parked your car in the wrong place, and it has been evacuated, you will receive an SMS with directions where to go to get it back. More than 1.2 million of the Company’s subscribers are already using MTS location-based services, and we expect the demand for such services to grow further as more GPS- and Glonass-enabled devices come to market.

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REPORT ON MOBILE RETAIL IN RUSSIA, Q1 2011

Friday, April 08, 2011

Today we are issuing a report on mobile retail in Russia during Q1 2011, based on the estimates from our mobile retail network. You can download it here.

Highlights from the report:

- MTS estimates that during Q1 2011 the sales of handsets in Russia in terms of the units sold increased by 20% compared to the same period of 2010. Around 8.7 mln devices were sold during the quarter
- In Q1 2011, the mobile retail market has expanded by 19% in sales compared to Q1 2010 to reach 39.4 bln rubles
- During Q1 2011, the average retail price of the handsets decreased by 1% compared to Q1 2010, but came in higher than the average price during 2010 – 4 453 rubles
- The market share of the MTS mobile retail network in terms of handsets sold (including wholesale sales) is estimated at 17.2% in Q1 2011
- The share of the MTS-branded handsets sold in the MTS retail network has increased from 10.7% in Q1 2010 to 14.5% in Q1 2011
- In Q1 2011, the MTS-branded MTS 236 was again the most popular device sold through the MTS retail network, accounting for 6.3% of total units sold
 
Please download the compete report here:

 Mobile retail report Q1 2011

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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR FEBRUARY 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of February 2011. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Feb 28, 2011 Jan 31, 2011 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Feb 28, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 104.11 103.61 0.50 0.5% 97.76 6.35 6.5%
Russia 71.86 71.50 0.36 0.5% 69.17 2.70 3.9%
Ukraine 18.27 18.21 0.05 0.3% 17.39 0.88 5.1%
Uzbekistan 9.11 9.00 0.10 1.1% 7.29 1.82 25.0%
Turkmenistan 2.39 2.41 (0.02) (0.7%) 1.82 0.57 31.2%
Armenia 2.49 2.48 0.00 0.1% 2.10 0.39 18.5%
MTS Belarus1 4.74 4.74 0.01 0.2% 4.55 0.19 4.3%

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 February 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 JANUARY 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of January 2011. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Jan 31, 2011 Dec 31, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Jan 31, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 103.61 103.35 0.26 0.3% 97.46 6.15 6.3%
Russia 71.50 71.44 0.06 0.1% 68.88 2.62 3.8%
Ukraine 18.21 18.24 (0.03) (0.2%) 17.52 0.69 3.9%
Uzbekistan 9.00 8.79 0.22 2.5% 7.19 1.81 25.2%
Turkmenistan 2.41 2.42 (0.01) (0.4%) 1.79 0.62 34.8%
Armenia 2.48 2.46 0.02 0.9% 2.08 0.41 19.6%
MTS Belarus1 4.74 4.72 0.02 0.3% 4.55 0.18 4.0%

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 January 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 DECEMBER 2010

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of December 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Dec 31, 2010 Nov 30, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Dec 31, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 103.35 101.63 1.72 1.7% 97.81 5.54 5.7%
Russia 71.44 70.15 1.29 1.8% 69.34 2.10 3.0%
Ukraine 18.24 18.23 0.01 0.1% 17.56 0.68 3.8%
Uzbekistan 8.79 8.64 0.15 1.7% 7.07 1.71 24.2%
Turkmenistan 2.42 2.36 0.06 2.4% 1.76 0.66 37.6%
Armenia 2.46 2.25 0.21 9.5% 2.07 0.39 18.7%
MTS Belarus1 4.72 4.68 0.04 0.8% 4.56 0.16 3.4%

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 December 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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REPORT ON MOBILE RETAIL IN RUSSIA, Q4 2010

Monday, January 17, 2011

Today we are issuing a report on mobile retail in Russia during Q4 2010, based on the estimates from our mobile retail network. You can download it here.

Highlights from the report:
- MTS estimates that during Q4 2010 the sales of handsets in Russia in terms of the units sold increased by 18% compared to the same period of 2009 and by 6% compared to Q3 2010
- We estimate that 10.4 mln devices were sold during the fourth quarter. Overall, in 2010 the volume of mobile retail market increased by 25% to reach 34.8 mln of handsets  
- The average retail price of the handsets went up for the second quarter in a row
- During Q4 2010, according to our estimates, the market share of the MTS mobile retail network (excluding franchise stores) in terms of handsets sold  reached 14.8% (an increase of 3 percentage points compared with Q4 2009)
- In Q4 2010, the MTS-branded MTS 236 was the most popular device sold through the MTS retail network, accounting for 7.8% of total units sold
 

Please download the compete report here:

 Mobile retail report Q4 2010

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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR NOVEMBER 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010
Today, we have released our subscriber numbers for the month of November 2010. Below is a table outlining the dynamics of our customer base.

Subscribers (mln) Nov 30, 2010 Oct 31, 2010 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Nov 30, 2009 Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, eop 101.63 100.30 1.33 1.3% 97.11 4.52 4.7%
Russia 70.15 69.09 1.06 1.5% 68.78 1.37 2.0%
Ukraine 18.23 18.23 0.00 0.0% 17.60 0.63 3.6%
Uzbekistan 8.64 8.37 0.27 3.2% 7.00 1.63 23.3%
Turkmenistan 2.36 2.40 (0.04) (1.5%) 1.67 0.69 41.6%
Armenia 2.25 2.22 0.03 1.3% 2.05 0.20 9.9%
MTS Belarus1 4.68 4.66 0.02 0.5% 4.54 0.15 3.2%

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 November 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 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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