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REPORT ON MOBILE RETAIL IN RUSSIA, Q3 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Today we are issuing a report on mobile retail in Russia during Q3 2010, based on the estimates from our mobile retail network. You can download it here.

Highlights from the report:
- MTS estimates that during Q3 2010 the sales of handsets in Russia in terms of the units sold will increase by 34% compared to the same period of 2009 and by 33% compared to Q2 2010
- We expect around 9.78 mln devices to be sold during the quarter
- We estimate that the average retail price of the handsets will increase for the first time in a few quarters. The share of phones priced at under 5 000 rubles constitutes around 77% of total units sold during Q3 2010.
- During Q3 2010, according to our estimates, the market share of the MTS mobile retail network (excluding franchise stores) in terms of handsets sold will reach 14.1% (an increase of 5 percentage points compared with Q3 2009)
- In Q3 2010, the MTS-branded MTS 236 was the most popular device sold through the MTS retail network, accounting for 10.8% of total units sold

Please download the compete report here:

 Mobile retail report Q3 2010

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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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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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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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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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REPORT ON MOBILE RETAIL IN RUSSIA, Q2 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010
Today we are issuing a report on mobile retail in Russia during Q2 2010, based on the estimates from our mobile retail network. You can download it here.

Highlights from the report:
- During the first half of 2010, the number of phones sold in Russia is set to increase by around 24% compared to the same period of 2009
- At the end of the first half of 2010, mobile handset market in Russia is expected to reach 63.9 bln rubles in sales
- The average price of mobile phones on the market during Q2 2010 was 4,303 rubles, approximately 74% of devices sold through our stores were below 5,000 rubles
- The market share of MTS retail network grew to 13.9% in Q2 2010, an increase of 6.9 percentage points compared with the second quarter of 2009 (in unit sales)
- MTS-branded handset MTS 236 was the most popular device sold through the MTS retail network, accounting for 13.2% of total units sold

Please download the compete report here:

 Mobile retail report Q2 2010

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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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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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