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MTS CITED AS FASTEST GROWING INTERNET PROVIDER IN RUSSIA

вторник, февраля 16, 2016

Vedomosti reports today that according to a report by TMT Consulting, MTS was the fastest growing Internet provider in Russia in 2015. The report suggests that MTS increased its customer base of high-speed internet users by 7% year-over-year to 2.8 mln customers. Overall in Russia, the number of customers connected to high-speed internet rose 3.6% versus 5% in 2014.

Key drivers for MTS’s market-leading growth include the modernization of its regional networks, which allowed MTS to expand its base by upselling its customers, many of whom use analogue pay-TV solutions, FTTB (Fiber-to-the-Building) high-speed internet solutions. In 2015, MTS also completed its GPON project in Moscow, which allows its subsidiary, MGTS, to offer speeds of up to 1 GB/s to its customers.

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UN SETS NEW BROADBAND TARGETS FOR DEVELOPIMG ECONOMIES

четверг, декабря 01, 2011

 

At the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 's Telecom World 2011 event, the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development announced “ambitious but achievable” targets for countries to make broadband available and affordable across the globe.

 

As reported by ZDNet UK, the UN commission stated that “40 percent of households and 50 percent of people in developing countries should have internet access by 2015, and overall 60 percent of people worldwide should be able to get online.”

 

This Broadband Challenge has been issued to world leaders, top policy-makers, industry leaders, users and consumers underscoring that the “greater communication and understanding made possible through access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help us overcome the challenges in our complex and interdependent global society.”

 

According to AC&M estimates, broadband penetration in Russia currently stands at 30%, while in Moscow and St Petersburg it exceeds 70%. Bringing Russia in the digital age is a part of the MTS mission. We are working on digitizing networks in many of the Russian cities, while in Moscow we have started roll-out of GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) that enables Internet access at the speeds up to 100 Mbs. Deployment of GPON is an ambitious project that will transform Moscow in one of the best wired cities in the world. By 2015 MTS customers in Moscow will be able to enjoy high-speed Internet access, HDTV and a variety of state-of-the –art content and communication services.

 

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MTS LAUNCHES LTE IN ARMENIA

среда, декабря 22, 2010

We are pleased to announce that VivaCell-MTS, a majority-owned subsidiary of MTS in Armenia, has recently launched a special LTE test zone in central Yerevan. This will enable VivaCell-MTS subscribers to test this innovative technology with modems that support the 4G standard. This is the first step in a full-scale nationwide network roll-out. MTS is building the network in cooperation with the leading international suppliers - Ericsson and Huawei.

LTE is a “fourth generation” technology that is more advanced than 3.5G/HSPA and HSPA+ technologies already deployed in Armenia. 4G network allows for up to 150 Mbps download and up to 50 Mbps upload rates.

Armenia is the second country where MTS is building a LTE network. In July 2010, MTS became the first mobile operator to launch a 4G network into commercial operation in Uzbekistan.

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MODERNIZING MGTS’ NETWORK IN MOSCOW

четверг, октября 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)

Please download the MGTS presentation here:

 Modernization of the MGTS

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3G NETWORK LAUNCHED IN BELARUS

четверг, мая 27, 2010

We have launched commercial 3G network in Belarus this week. The network is based on the HSPA+ technology, allowing up to 21 Mbit/s download and 11 Mbit/s upload speeds. The network is currently available in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, and will be expanded to the major cities and regional centers of the country by the end of the year.

In addition, we have fulfilled our 3G license requirement for the commercial 3G network in Russia following the launch of the network in the last remaining federal subject, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. As of today, MTS has commercial 3G networks in all Russian federal subjects.

The conditions of the IMT-2000/UMTS license that we have received in April 2007 stipulated that we had to launch commercial 3G networks in all Russian federal subjects by May 2010.

We have talked extensively about the development of 3G networks in Russia in our blog, including the growth in mobile internet in Russia and the launch of the network in Moscow and the Moscow Metro. MTS is constantly expanding its network, and, since the beginning of 2009, geographic area of 3G coverage in Russia grew 3.7 times.

During the first quarter of 2010, 3G traffic on MTS’ network in Russia grew 10.9 times year-on-year. The share of 3G in total traffic has increased to 59% in Q1 2010 from 28% in Q1 2009. The most avid 3G users reside in Sochi, Krasnodar, Saint Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Novosibirsk, Novorossiysk, Surgut, Kemerovo, Samara, Kazan and Vladivostok, where 3G was launched for some time now.

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3G ON THE STREETS OF MOSCOW

вторник, января 19, 2010


3G network in Moscow, as of January 15, 2010.


At the end of December 2009, we launched our commercial 3G network in Moscow, complementing our existing coverage in the Moscow region and throughout Russia. At the time of launch, our network consisted of 197 base stations, which allowed us to offer extensive coverage within the MKAD (the so-called beltway, or highway, that surrounds Moscow) to a population of over 10 million.  By the end of January, we will have installed up to 300 base stations to serve Russia's capital.  For the latest network map, click here.

We estimate that data traffic has already increased 2-3 times in areas where both 2G and 3G networks are available, compared to the traffic prior to the launch of 3G. Currently, we have a variety of special tariffs for 3G users, including unlimited ones.

The network was launched after MTS received permission from the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communication (Roskomnadzor) to install up to 783 UMTS base stations on the streets of Moscow. Earlier, the company received permission to launch 3G in the Moscow Metro and in the largest business and shopping centers in the city.

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MOBILE INTERNET TAKING OFF IN RUSSIA

среда, августа 19, 2009


Mobile Internet is taking off rapidly in Russia, as all three national mobile operators already operate 3G networks and offer mobile Internet modems. We have been selling the MTS Connect modem in Russia since early 2008 and have sold over 600,000 modems since July 2008, as 3G networks were launched across the country. Currently, we estimate that around 200,000 modems are being sold monthly in Russia by mobile operators, CDMA operators and WiMAX providers, and MTS Connect accounts for around 30% of the total.

Yesterday, we announced a partnership with Intel to support the uptake of mobile Internet solutions in Russia. The first joint initiative under this partnership is a promotion of a bundled offer that will include an Intel-powered netbook, an MTS Connect modem and a special MTS tariff plan.

The first netbook made available under the initiative is Acer Aspire One D250, powered by Intel® Atom™ Processor (http://www.intel.com/technology/atom/). Starting August 18, the netbook will be available across Russia in MTS monobrand retail stores, packaged with an MTS Connect modem, an MTS SIM card with a mobile Internet tariff plan and 600 MB of free traffic.

With a price tag of RUB 14,990 (approx. $470), the new netbook will be an attractive offer to customers in Russia who are looking for greater portability or an entry-level PC solution. As MTS’ 3G networks are already available in 39 Russian cities, the new netbook will let MTS subscribers connect to the Internet with speeds of up to 3.6 Mbit/sec using our HSPA networks. MTS Connect modem allows subscribers to connect to Internet in international roaming and through EDGE/GPRS networks in Russia where 3G is yet to be deployed.

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INTERVIEW ON RUSSIA TODAY

четверг, августа 13, 2009
Russia Today, the leading English-speaking TV channel based in Russia, has reported on our Q2 results and the intent to acquire a controlling stake in COMSTAR-UTS.

You can check out the video on their website, featuring an interview with our President and CEO, Mikhail Shamolin.

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3G IN THE MOSCOW UNDERGROUND

четверг, июля 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

понедельник, июня 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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