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MTS WINS SPECTRUM AUCTION IN RUSSIA

вторник, февраля 09, 2016

MTS won a spectrum auction today in Russia and has gained a lot in the 2.6 Ghz frequency range to provide services on the LTE-TDD standard. The spectrum block is valid throughout Russia and will be used to strengthen LTE network capabilities. The results of the tender give MTS a 25MHz block in the 2.6 GHz range, which we currently use to provision service primarily for USB modems, tablets and certain smartphone devices.

The total cost of the spectrum was RUB 4.0 bln. The license is valid for 10 years.

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MTS ACHIEVES FULL 2G COVERAGE IN RUSSIA WITH ENTRY INTO PENZA

среда, апреля 27, 2011



We are pleased to announce that MTS recently received a GSM 900 MHz license in the Penza region giving the Company full 2G coverage in Russia. The license was awarded on April 19, 2011 by the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (ROSKOMNADZOR) as part of the tender for the GSM 900 frequencies. It is expected that the Company will begin construction of its 2G network in the near future following receipt of the necessary approvals.

MTS already provides mobile voice and data services in the region under its IMT-2000/UMTS (3G) federal license using the HSPA+ standard in the city of Penza, the region’s administrative center, following full commercial launch on December 21, 2010 The first segment of the 3G network was launched in the city of Penza in May 2010. The network currently supports data transfer speeds of up to 21 Mbps, which can be increased to 42 Mbps, and is one of the most advanced mobile networks in Russia. During the first half of 2011, the Company plans to expand coverage to additional five cities and along main transportation arteries.

We also have a fixed-line presence in the region after our acquisition in June 2010 of Penza Telecom, the leading local alternative operator offering broadband internet and cable television services in the cities of Penza and Zarechny. Combined our mobile and fixed assets provide us with a great opportunity to offer convergent products to our subscribers be it voice telephony, internet access, cable television or content, as well as unified billing and centralized customer care. The ability to offer 2G services will benefit both the mass market and the corporates though provision of universal intranetwork roaming and greater coverage of the Penza region. We currently have 15 own stores and around 100 points of sale in the region. MTS will be expanding its retail presence to further stimulate demand for the Company’s products and to better engage existing and prospective subscribers.

 

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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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MTS LAUNCHES MONEY TRANSFER SERVICE

четверг, апреля 15, 2010
We are launching an instant money transfer service using our retail network to provide customers with the ability to make money transfers in Russia and abroad. This will allow us to expand our service portfolio, as well as to attract more customers to our retail stores.

Currently, customers can transfer money after paying a commission that amounts to 1.6% of the total amount for intra-Russia transfers and 2% for transfers to the CIS. In the near future, the service will expand outside of the CIS to include transfers to such countries as Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Spain, Italy, Canada, China, Poland, Vietnam, the UK and the USA. Customers can make use of the service at all MTS-owned stores in Russia - the current list of locations is available on our Russian-language website.

As our press secretary noted in an interview to a business newspaper RBC Daily, we are aiming to gain a 4% share of the instant money transfer market by the end of 2010. The market is estimated to be worth anywhere from $8.4 to $10 billion.

MTS partnered with Rapida Payment System to provide this service. Customers can collect transfers at any of the 18,000 Rapida locations around the world, including 3,500 spots in Russia and the CIS. There is no minimum amount for transfers, and the maximum amount is set at 150,000 rubles. Customers can only send money in rubles but may choose to receive it in other currencies such as US dollars or Euros, based on exchange rates of the location where the funds are retrieved. In addition, MTS is offering an SMS notification service, allowing the receiver to retrieve the transfer by showing his personal identification documents and the SMS with the transfer code.

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MTS AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS

пятница, февраля 19, 2010

Pavel Roytberg, Director for Products and Services at MTS Russia, receives the GSMA Global Mobile Award.

We have attended the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week and wanted to share some highlights of MTS at the show for the readers of our blog.

In a video interview below with Light Reading TV, Dr. Michael Hecker, Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development at MTS, discusses the rising demand for data in our markets, our growth outlook and plans for LTE.



There have also been a number of announcements at the show relevant to MTS:
  • We have been honored with the GSMA 15th Annual Global Mobile Award in the “Best Billing & Customer Care Solution” category for our “Your Individual Optimal Tariff Plan” service. MTS became the first mobile operator from Russia and the CIS to be recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in the telecommunications industry.
  • MTS Ukraine has selected Alcatel-Lucent to conduct a Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial, which will begin in the second half of 2010.
  • MTS is teaming up with Opera Software to provide a co-branded version of the Opera Mini browser. This will provide our subscribers with access to a customized Opera Mini start page when they download the browser on their mobile phones.
  • Vantrix, the global leader of mobile video optimization and delivery solutions, announced that it was selected by MTS to provide a video delivery solution for Omlet.ru, MTS’ online and mobile content portal.

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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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READING METERS WITH MTS

понедельник, ноября 09, 2009
This week we announced a joint project with the Moscow United Energy Company (MOEK) to deploy an Automatic Control and Production Management System in a Moscow neighborhood Chertanovo. It is expected that the project will expand to all other properties served by MOEK, the largest provider of thermal energy in Moscow, that delivers water and heating to around 70% of residential and commercial properties in the city.

Under the current project, MTS will install SIM-cards into energy and water meters, enabling MOEK to collect data from their properties and receive real-time updates on usage trends. Wireless transmission of metering data will significantly increase the efficiency of energy planning and allow savings of up to 10% on energy consumption (according to experts quoted in the Energorynok magazine). While already popular in Western Europe and the US, smart metering is just taking off in Russia, and the new monitoring project we are launching with MOEK will be the largest in Moscow.

We believe that machine-to-machine communications will be an important part of our industry’s future, and MTS has already launched several projects in this area. For instance, we are working with DHL to track deliveries and provide instant updates about the location of couriers. We are also working with the Moscow Metro and the Zelenograd Bus Depot (Zelenogradskiy Avtokombinat), where in-built SIM-cards are used to monitor locations of trains and buses to increase efficiency of their movement from the control center.

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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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MTS APPLYING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY TO BASE STATIONS

среда, июля 15, 2009

Windmill powering base station in Karelia, Russia.

In our continuous efforts to improve operating efficiency, MTS is increasingly looking towards alternative solutions to minimize energy consumption. In the coming months, MTS will install pilot base stations in the Crimea peninsula in the Southern Ukraine that will be powered by environmentally friendly wind generators. We have purchased wind turbines from the US-based Bergey Windpower and have already begun the deployment.

In line with our reputation for innovation, MTS is the first operator in Ukraine to explore the potential of energy solutions friendly to the environment. The first base stations will be installed in Crimea and later in the Western Ukraine, as strong winds in these regions are present throughout the year. Such alternative energy solutions allow us to economize spending as electricity costs rise or deploy network solutions in areas underserviced by a lack of power infrastructure.

We have long been exploring alternative energy sources in Russia. For instance, as pictured above, one of our base stations in the northern Karelia region is powered by wind, while in the southern Krasnodar region we have deployed solar cells. In the Moscow region, we are testing unique solutions with hydrogen power cells.

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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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