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Monday, June 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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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Given the size of Russia, it comes as no surprise that we are constantly adding new communities to the coverage map of MTS. In 2008, our network extended to over 900 communities in Russia with a population of over 1,000 inhabitants. We have deployed over 4,700 additional base stations representing an increase of over 20% of the overall base station count.

The westernmost location of our network is Baltiysk, a seaport town in the Kaliningrad Oblast. The northernmost point is Borisoglebsk, a town in the Murmansk Oblast bordering Norway. One of the most unique locations is in northern Russia, in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug on the shores of the Barents Sea, which can be reached only by air.

The easternmost location is in Anadyr, the administrative centre of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, the extreme north-eastern region of Russia. Our network’s southernmost location is in a small village in Dagestan, bordering Azerbaijan. The highest point where a MTS base station is located is in Dombai, a ski resort at Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe.

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