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MTS and FEFU Launch Partnership to Develop Russky Technopark

пятница, сентября 08, 2017

At this year’s Third Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, MTS and the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) have signed a partnership agreement to develop Russky Technopark.

Based on Russky Island, Russky Technopark is a large-scale project to develop a unique ecosystem that combines educational institutions, state organizations and private businesses.   

The cooperation of the leading telecoms company in Russia with the largest federal university in the Far East of the country will facilitate technological entrepreneurship and provide support to start-up businesses, driving the development of innovative R&D projects and acting as a launch pad for new digital products. 

MTS will offer students a unique opportunity to participate in the implementation of its projects by forming special teams combining students, teachers and MTS staff. MTS will also actively support the educational process and technological research as well as assist in organizing business and scientific promotional events. 

With its strategic focus on digitalization and the development of IT-products, MTS will benefit from the innovative thinking of young ta

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MTS Has Agreed a New Strategic Partnership to Strengthen Its Digital Safety

вторник, сентября 05, 2017

MTS signed an agreement with Group-IB, one of global leaders in the cyber security space,  to cooperate on prevention and investigation of cyber-crime and online fraud, as well as to enhance MTS and its customers’ protection online. 

The two companies will exchange data on cyber threats, provide each other with ongoing organizational and methodological support, and assist with technical, financial and human resources. In particular, MTS will provide access to the data held by its newly established Security Operations Center (SOC), while Group-IB will provide expert support and highly sophisticated software and hardware solutions to monitor, identify and prevent cyber attacks.

Digital safety is one of the cornerstones of MTS’s transformation into an IT company. MTS has already entered the Systems Integration market with innovative IT solutions and cloud services for B2B clients. 

MTS is determined to robustly confront the cyber threat facing the industry and its customers head-on. This year, in line with its digital strategy, MTS will start offering information security products to clients. The cooperation with a world-class digital intelligence firm will further strengthen MTS’s IT security expertise and make its subscribers and customers even safer. 

The number of cyber attacks in Russia is constantly increasing. According to Group-IB estimates, in 2016, the Russian cybercrime market exceeded RUB 5.5 billion, an increase of 44% over the year. 

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MTS AND VIMPELCOM INCREASE MOBILE INTERNET SPEEDS THROUGH SPECTRUM SHARING

понедельник, ноября 28, 2016

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” or the “Company” – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, and «VimpelCom” PJSC (Beeline brand) announce the start of spectrum sharing in 4G-network in Cherepovetz (Vologda region) which allows to increase data transfer speeds available to the subscribers at peak speeds of 150 Mb/s. Vologda region became the first region where two operators united their spectrums within a large-scale project to jointly construct and utilize LTE networks in more than 30 regions in Russia.  

Sharing of the operators’ 10 MHz bandwidth in the 2600 MHz range spectrums will permit an increase in data transfer speeds over LTE networks up to a peak speed of 150 Mb/s.

In December 2015, MTS and VimpelCom signed an addendum to their agreement on the joint planning, development and usage of LTE networks, which they originally concluded in 2014 to unite their spectrum bands in 20 regions in Russia. In 2016, the list of the regions was expanded to 31.  Apart from Vologda region, in 2016-2017, the operators plan to unite their spectrum resources in other regions. 

The development of the project became possible due to adoption of amendments to the law “On Communications” that legislated the operator’s right to jointly utilize spectrum. 

“After two years of execution, our ambitious project with VimpelCom is entering its final stage – during the next year, we’ll unite our LTE networks on shared spectrums in more than 30 regions. The project allows us to minimize costs on construction and utilizing of the base stations, decrease the timeline for network launch and what is more provide our subscribers with the higher mobile internet speeds in modern LTE networks”, noted Andrei Ushatskiy, Vice President for Technology and IT. 

In December 2014, MTS and VimpelCom signed a partnership agreement to jointly plan, develop and use LTE networks in Russia in 36 regions in Russia. Under the agreement, in 2014 – 2016, MTS develops shared mobile data networks in 19 regions in Russia, while VimpelCom constructs networks in 17 regions.The agreement will last seven years with an option of prolongation. During this period, operators will share base stations, sites, transport networks and other infrastructure. The agreement will not preclude either company from develop their own networks in addition to shared infrastructure in the designated regions.

 

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ANDREY DUBOVSKOV ELECTED TO THE BOARD OF THE GSM ASSOCIATION

четверг, октября 27, 2016

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” or the “Company” – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia, announces that MTS President Andrey Dubovskov has been elected to the Board of the GSM Association (GSMA).

The Board of the GSMA consists of 25 representatives from the world’s largest telecommunications operators, as well as the Director General of the GSMA. Board representatives include the top managers of leading telecom operators such as AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Orange Group, Verizon, TURKCELL and many others.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Dubovskov as part of the GSMA Board. We look forward to working with Mr. Dubovoskov and our other Board members to promote the strategic priorities of the global telecom community and to find answers to the global challenges presented by the digital market." - commented GSMA Director General Mats Granryd.

“Serving on the Board of the GSMA is a great honor, and I look forward to representing both MTS and the markets, in which we operate. We have long believed that Russia and our neighboring markets have been at the forefront of innovation in telecommunications, whether it is the technical development of our networks, the regulatory environment in which we operate or the core relationship between customer and operator. As this relationship further evolves, we believe that our markets will present ample opportunities to benefit the GSMA and the overall work of our fellow operators.” - commented Andrey Dubovskov, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTS.

The GSMA represents the interests of telecom operators worldwide and combines around 800 operators, as well as nearly 300 companies that participate in the telecom market, including manufacturers of mobile devices and software, equipment suppliers, and companies in related industries.

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MTS AND RZD WILL BUILD HIGH-SPEED NETWORKS FOR HIGH-SPEED TRAINS

пятница, июня 17, 2016

MTS and Russian Railways have signed a memorandum to further develop of communication networks along the Moscow – Saint Petersburg railway line.

In 2016-2017, MTS will install base stations along the railway track on the territories of Moscow, Tver, Novgorod and Leningrad regions. In addition, the high-speed trains “Sapsan” will be installed with indoors multi-spectrum repeaters (900/1800/2100 MHz). These solutions will allow for sound network coverage without the loss of signal during the ride.

In addition to the Moscow-Saint Petersburg line, MTS will install additional 2G/3G base stations along the tracks leading to the host cities of FIFA World Cup 2018, as well as enhance LTE-coverage and implement 5G technologies at the railway stations and platforms in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, and Sochi.

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MTS AND ERICSSON EXTEND PARTNERSHIP IN 5G AND IOT

четверг, июня 16, 2016

MTS, in partnership with Ericsson, has successfully tested a 5G technology solution - LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) - by aggregating two frequencies – 10 MHz at the LTE-1800 MHz and 20 MHz at the unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum range - at Wi-Fi spots. During testing, we realized speeds up to 200 Mb/sec.

This successful test on MTS networks is the first fruit from our agreement with Ericsson aimed at developing and implementing 5G technologies in Russia, which we signed in December 2015. Aggregation of two networks’ resources – LTE and unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum - allows for better internet speeds indoors, better coverage and enhanced network quality.

In addition, MTS and Ericsson signed an agreement for the supply of software for upgrading MTS’s radio network through 2018, by which the companies will implement Internet of things (IoT) solutions for 5G networks and test radio interface EC-GSM-IoT (Extended Coverage GSM IoT), a technology which enables operations of M2M devices in operators’ current cellular networks.

EC-GSM-IoT technology significantly reduces the cost and accelerates the deployment of IoT ecosystems. Due to the economical use of the frequency spectrum, new radio interface allows for a multifold increase in the number of operating devices in the M2M network. Due to the increased sensitivity of radio modules, the technology provides for a seven-fold expansion of the range of devices, as well as a reduction in their energy consumption. The implementation of this technology does not require a large-scale replacement of equipment, and, in most cases, the software upgrade can be installed on the radio network nodes. This means that an operator can create an IoT environment virtually anywhere where GSM coverage is available and connect tens of thousands of devices within an area of one base station - where current mobile devices may not "access" a radio signal.

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MTS LAUNCHES “MTS SMART MONEY” BANK CARD SALES

вторник, июня 14, 2016

MTS, in partnership with MTS Bank, are launching sales of “MTS Smart Money”, a debit card that allows users to use various mobile services free of charge subject to certain conditions, such as making a minimum amount of monthly payments with the card or by sustaining a minimum balance on the account. Subscribers of a number of tariffs, including “Smart”, “Smart+” or “Smart Nonstop”, are eligible for the service. This is the first product of its kind on the Russian market, and it reflects increasing synergies between telecommunications and financial services.

MTS Money is a joint project in cooperation with MTS Bank, which MTS launched in April 2011. The project aims to developing financial services on the basis of mobile communications for MTS customers. Credit and debit cards “MTS Money” can be purchased at MTS salons and MTS Bank outlets.

MTS LAUNCHES 3G ACCESS FOR MOSCOW METRO RIDERS

вторник, мая 24, 2016

MTS, in partnership with Wi-Fi provider “MaximaTelecom”, have signed a strategic agreement, by which the companies will install femtocells in Moscow metro wagons by the end of Q1 2017. These base stations will be integrated to MaximaTelecom’s existing infrastructure and will enable metro passengers to use high-quality voice and data services in the Moscow metro on the 3G standard. 

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MTS PLAYS DUO WITH YANDEX

среда, января 27, 2016

At MTS, we are always looking for innovative ways to stimulate consumption of data and value-added services within our customer base. As demand is growing for high-quality – and legal – music content, we  have partnered with Yandex to launch MTS Music, a service based on Yandex’s popular Yandex Music platform. MTS Music is a continuously updated online catalogue with over 20 million songs in different genres and styles, including the recently released hits. Customers can listen to music online through apps available on the Android and iOS platforms, download favorite tracks on smartphones, or listen to curated or customer-created playlists.

MTS has enhanced our voice & data tariff plans (Smart and Ultra) to offer free access to MTS Music during the first month to customers who migrate to these tariff plans after January 20,, 2016. After the first month, customers will be able to continue using a limited version of the service for another two months for free or access the full version for RUB 150 per month. 

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)

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 Modernization of the MGTS

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