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BAT RUSSIA MIGRATES ITS IT SYSTEMS TO THE MTS CLOUD

вторник, октября 10, 2017

MTS has successfully transferred British American Tobacco Russia’s (BAT Russia) IT systems to the MTS cloud.

The operator implemented a comprehensive project to provide a cloud-based IT infrastructure (Infrastructure as a Service). The project involved reallocation of the BAT Russia key IT systems to the cloud platform #CloudMTS in Moscow as well as organization of the secure network access to these resources. In addition, MTS provided a disaster-proof configuration of IT system using the backup site in the MTS data center in St. Petersburg.

Dariya Grishina, Director, Information Technology, BAT Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucasus and Central Asia region, commented: 

"Migration to the cloud will help BAT Russia improve the economic efficiency and transparency of its IT infrastructure management, creating a platform for further expansion and growth. This project allowed us to reduce the time required to deploy infrastructure for new projects from a few months to two weeks".

According to Dariya, MTS successfully responded to all of the challenges and risks during the implementation of the project: MTS offered competitive prices, optimized licensing, adapted the backup / restore functionality as well as smoothly migrated resources with minimal downtime and technological changes in the customer's environment.

Vladimir Khrenkov, Director, Innovation Development, MTS, commented: 

"Moving to a cloud computing model allows companies to achieve a threefold reduction in its IT infrastructure costs by the end of the first year. With such obvious economic efficiency combined with flexibility and ease of management, more businesses are set to take advantage of the opportunity cloud brings. MTS offers its clients complex all-in-one solutions combining IT and telecom services. We also guarantee the maximum level of security due to the availability of data centers in various regions of the country and a large-scale own backbone network."

MTS provides cloud computing services #CloudMTS in all regions of Russia. In September 2017, the company launched a Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) product, which allows MTS customers to organize quickly and efficiently the processing of large data without creating their own computing capacities. Further development of the product will be connected with both the geographic expansion of the resource allocation and an increase in their number as well as the further creation of innovative solutions in the sphere of cloud services.

The MTS cloud platform is built on the base of VMware solution and the equipment of leading enterprise-level vendors. This, combined with the geographical distribution of TIER-III data centers and a branched MTS backbone network and city communication channels, allows the operator to provide a comprehensive, completely disaster-proof service.

BAT Russia is one of the leaders of the Russian tobacco market with a 22.52% market share in 2016. The company’s portfolio includes such well-known international and Russian brands such as Dunhill, Kent, Vogue, Rothmans, Lucky Strike, Alliance and Java.

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MTS WINS GTB INNOVATION AWARD

среда, мая 24, 2017

MTS won an innovation award at the Annual Global Telecom Business Summit and Awards that was held in London on 23 May.

Our Virtual PBX was recognized the true convergence of fixed-to-mobile communications. The service provides companies that have from five to 10,000+ employees with effective and cost efficient corporate communications across Russia.  Each subscriber of Virtual PBX receives a single, short phone number for mobile and fixed phones, and the company receives a dedicated multi-channel number for incoming and outgoing calls with a call forwarding option. To deploy the system no additional hardware or IT support is required.

The solution was implemented in cooperation with BroadSoft, the world’s largest telecommunications vendor and a strategic partner of MTS.  Virtual PBX is based on the BroadSoft’s BroadWorks call management platform and UC-One suite of business applications. Since its commercial launch less than a year ago, the service has over 50,000 subscribers.

“The success of Virtual PBX is the result of close cooperation between MTS and BroadSoft. BroadSoft has provided MTS with extensive support throughout the deployment launches, including training and consultancy, expertly helping execute this award-winning solution,” said Vasyl Latsanych, Vice President for Strategy and Marketing, MTS. “Our strategic relationship with BroadSoft strengthens MTS’ leadership position in the Russian corporate telecommunications market”.

This is the seventh time MTS has been recognized with a GTB Innovation Award for its innovative technical solutions. The previous awards were given for our projects in mobile payments and banking services, services for small and medium businesses, IoT\M2M-solutions and cloud services.  Top managers at MTS have been repeatedly mentioned in the under-40 bracket of the most successful leaders of the telecommunications business worldwide by Global Telecoms Business.

MTS is a leader in the Russian corporate communications market. According to AC&M-Consulting research, 44% of large and medium-sized businesses use its services.

 

GTB Innovation Awards, established in 2007 by well-respected international telecommunications magazine Global Telecoms Business, are given to the most innovative projects and initiatives undertaken by companies in the telecommunications industry. 

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MTS LAUNCHES AN INNOVATIVE CAR INSURANCE PROGRAM

вторник, апреля 18, 2017

MTS and INTOUCH insurance company have launched the first in the Russian market IoT-based insurance program Smart Kilometers which will allow “weekend drivers” to save up to 25% of the cost of the non-obligatory car insurance.

“Weekend drivers” are those drivers, who do not use a car very often, and can now get a discount on car insurance through connected cars technology. When buying car insurance, the customer can opt in for a mileage limit to receive an appropriate discount. Drivers, who drive less than six thousand kilometers a year, may receive a 25% discount of the total insurance price. Drivers whose mileage would be restricted to up to 10,000 km will get a 15% discount, while drivers who choose a restriction of 12,000 km will save 7% of the insurance price.

The program Smart Kilometers has been launched in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Moscow and Leningrad regions.

During the insurance period, the GPS tracker installed in the client's car will transmit the mileage data to a server. A client can control mileage through the mobile app or on his personal account on the website of the insurance company. ​​

"More than a third of all cars in Russia pass less than 12 thousand kilometers a year. Smart insurance will allow such drivers not to overpay for insurance and at the same time protect themselves from risks. Telematics insurance is an example of how high technologies bring tangible benefits to ordinary Russian drivers. For the insurance business, this is also a new level, which became achievable thanks to the cooperation with MTS, the leader in the M2M / IoT market. Our partnership in IoT allowed us to launch several smart insurance programs, based not on the fixation of the accident rate, but on the individual driving behavior - driving style and frequency of use of the car, "said Pavel Butenko, director of marketing and direct sales channel of INTOUCH insurance company.

"MTS is one of the world's pioneers developing products in IoT segment. We are constantly increasing the number of intelligent solutions and are open to interacting with companies from different industries and prepared to improve business performance through the use of M2M / IoT technologies. The investments that MTS has made in the modernization of our network in recent years have made it possible to create a universal environment for the IoT development. We provide our partners with reliable access to the network and data protection in most parts of the country. This allows us to attract leading vendors and to develop innovative IoT-based services for customers. Transport monitoring and smart insurance are excellent examples of such services, which have already gained popularity, "said Elena Nechai, Director, Marketing and Product Marketing at MTS.

 

Additional Information

The first smart insurance program in Russia was launched by MTS and INTOUCH in September 2014.  It allows to calculate the cost of the insurance policy through IoT technology and take into account the individual’s own driving style. The telematics sensor installed in the car measures parameters of the driver and creates his accurate profile. As a result, cautious drivers may earn back up to 20% of their insurance spending.

MTS is the largest provider of M2M / IoT solutions in Russia by the number of SIM cards. According to AC&M Consulting, MTS’ market share is 40%. Our smart insurance products won several international awards.

 

 

 

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MTS LAUNCHES THE INNOVATION CENTER

вторник, ноября 01, 2016

MTS launches the Innovation Center, a department that brings a new approach to business development through the launch of new products and services. The Center uses a flexible methodology for service development (the agile-methodology). The establishment of the Innovation Center will enable the timeline for launching new products to be reduced by 3-4 times. 

The agile-methodology assumes an interactive development of services, with a dynamic formation of tasks and execution by a team of experts with diverse profiles. Agile-teams are at the heart of the organizational structure of the Innovation Center. For each single project, a unique group is formed with employees from the company’s various departments to work exclusively on it - from the research stage to its commercial launch. The Innovation Center will unite the expertise of the entire MTS Group. The project teams will include experts from MTS, MTS Bank, NVision Group, MGTS and other subsidiaries. In order to reduce the timeline for introduction of new services to the market the company is also simplifying the key business-processes involved in their development. 

The pioneer projects of the Innovation Center will be in the area of Cloud Services and e-Health. 

Vladimir Khrenkov has been appointed as the head of the new department. Prior to this, he served as a Divisional Director within the Strategy, M&A and Corporate Development Department. The Innovation Center is under the direct supervision of MTS’s President. 

“MTS is not a traditional telecom operator anymore,” states Vladimir. Nowadays, we are successfully working in complementary areas such as IT. We offer a broad pool of proprietary mobile apps and services to our corporate clients at the crossroads of IT and telecommunications. These and other services beyond standard telecom products look promising. Such transformation assumes a faster response to changes in the dynamic markets where we operate. By launching our own Innovation Center, we are choosing a distinctive approach to service development through a combination of expertise, experience and professionalism under the leading telecommunications company in Russia with the simplicity of a start-up business process.”        

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MTS INTRODUCES A NEW PAYMENT SERVICE

понедельник, августа 01, 2016

MTS will launch a new, easy-to-use, payment system, allowing customers to leave their cash and bank cards at home.  MTS subscribers will be able to make payments from their mobile accounts in a variety of stores or cafés. The system requires customers to provide their mobile number to the cashier and the transaction will then be confirmed by SMS. The designated stores will have to use special MTS POS-terminals, although MTS will gradually integrate this payment service into traditional POS-terminals that are in current use.

MTS will earn a commission from every transaction while increasing its share of loyal customers, given that the churn rate is 25% lower among customers using both mobile and financial services.

The service will be introduced in Moscow and, by the end of the year, in Ekaterinburg.

In 2015, the mobile commerce turnover from MTS mobile accounts increased to RUB 14.6 bln from RUB 12.8 bln in 2014, while the number of users increased from 2.6 mln in 2014 to 3.1 mln in 2015.

INNOVATION – THE NEXT STEP IN CLOUD COMPUTING

понедельник, ноября 28, 2011

 

IBM’s Smarter Planet Blog recently discussed a survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and IBM’s Institute for Business Value on cloud use in the enterprise. Breaking down the evolution of cloud technology into three phases, they declare we’ve now entered the “innovation phase,” characterized as:

1. Taking cost out of the data center via increased utilization of computing resources;

2. Using cloud services to improve business processes and operational effectiveness; and

3.  Innovating–using the cloud to enable new business models and to try them out quickly and inexpensively.

 

Results from the survey of nearly 600 business and IT leaders:

 

“Cloud uptake continues at a rapid pace. More than 70% of the respondents said their organizations are piloting, adopting or achieving substantial benefits from cloud computing. Asked what they expect three years hence, that number tops 90%. Even more interesting are the results pointing to innovation as a major goal. Only about 15% said they’re using clouds to create new business opportunities or transform the way they do business today. That number pushes towards 50% in the three-year time horizon.”

 

Even in these early days of cloud innovation, MTS has already ventured in this market launching a SaaS (Software as a Service) portal in Belarus, where MTS non-consolidated subsidiary operates. The portal, launched in partnership with NEC Corporation, one of the world's leading providers of enterprise business solution, offers SMEs and private customers access to a variety of software products in the cloud. It allows users to reduce costs related to purchasing, installing, upgrading and servicing software. The software bundle includes “1C enterprise”, accounting and ERP software, an application for sending SMS to the contacts base and building promotional web-sites optimized for mobile phones, a basic service for video-conferences on PCs, and a video conferencing service for business customers with enhanced functionality.

By virtue of this project, MTS can test the waters before entering the Russian market for cloud services that – though fairly small today – is expected to grow up to $1.2 billion by 2015 according to IDC forecasts.

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FIGHTING FIRES WITH WIRELESS

вторник, сентября 13, 2011

According to the United Nations World Economic and Social Survey 2011, over 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) of Russian forests were lost to wildfires last summer. The BBC reported on the thick smog that blanketed Moscow for almost two months leaving CO2 levels in the air more than three times higher than normal.  Wildfires are common in Russia – as they are in any area with large amounts of forests – and serve as a natural part of the ecosystem regeneration. Unfortunately, however, widespread wildfires have been a recurring theme for our summers the past years.

MTS is bringing technology to fight these fires in an innovative way – by launching a federal early warning system called “Forest Fire Watching”. We have joined forces with LLC Systems of Distant Control who has developed the video-monitoring software. MTS will couple its network with advanced technologies (IP-video monitoring, mobile applications, computer vision) to enable one expert from “command central” to monitor wide areas of forest and pinpoint fire locations. This will enable fire fighters to react faster as well as significantly cut costs. Monitoring points are already operational in some of the Russian regions.
  
It’s essential that all eyes and ears are on this issue; as such, we’re linking up with young Russian entrepreneurs to make   fire prevention system more efficient. The Forest Fire Watching project was one of the competition winners for youth innovation in telecom at Telecom Idea 2011, supported by the Russian Ministry for Communications and University Higher School of Economics.

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