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SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR Q3 2015

Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Subscribers (mln)September 30, 2015 

June 30, 2015

Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Russia 76.90 75.39 1.51 2.0%
Ukraine* 20.29 20.29 0.00 0.0%
Armenia 2.13 2.11 0.00 0.8%
Turkmenistan 1.61 1.62 -0.01 -0.7%
Uzbekistan 0.87 0.63 0.23 35.4%
MTS Belarus** 5.31 5.28 0.03 0.5%

Subscriber data for Russian mobile operators is compiled by Advanced Communications and Media, a management consulting and research agency specializing in telecommunications and media.  In Q3 2014, MTS adjusted its subscriber methodology to reflects three-months of subscriber activity instead of previously used six-months methodology. Numbers for the previous periods have been retrospectively adjusted.

* Including CDMA subscribers
** MTS owns a 49% stake in Mobile TeleSystems LLC, a mobile operator in Belarus, which is not consolidated.

 

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Mobile | subscribers

TRAFFIC USAGE ON SAMSUNG AND APPLE SMARTPHONES

Friday, February 27, 2015

We have published a report which looks into mobile traffic consumption patterns based on data from the 13 most popular Apple and Samsung smartphone models on the MTS network.

Key findings:

  • Social networks account for roughly half of all traffic generated by these users (i.e. 54% for Apple users, 47% for Samsung owners)
  • Video streaming or downloading accounts for up to a third of traffic among these users 
  • While overall traffic patterns on Samsung and Apple devices are broadly similar in terms of the types of applications used, we noticed some marked differences, namely that Samsung users are more active on messaging and video-services, while iOS users spend more time on social networks

Click here to download the full report.

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Mobile | Retail, devices

REPORT ON MOBILE RETAIL MARKET, Q3 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

We have issued a report on mobile retail in Russia during Q3, based on the estimates from our mobile retail network.

Highlights from the report:

- In Q3 2014, the number of phones sold in Russia increased by 5.2% compared to Q3 2013 with 12.26 mln devices sold

- In Q3 2014, the mobile handset market in Russia expanded by 12.1% in sales compared to Q3 2013 to reach RUB 67.99 bln

- In Q3 2014, the smartphone market increased by 38.7% compared to Q3 2013 with 7.51 mln smartphones sold

- In Q3 2014, the smartphone market expanded by 21.9% in terms of sales compared to Q3 2013 to reach RUB 60.10 bln

Please download the complete report here

Retail Report Q3_2014.pdf (1.58 mb)

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Mobile | Retail, devices | Russia

REPORT ON MOBILE RETAIL IN RUSSIA, Q2 2013

Monday, August 05, 2013

We have issued a report on mobile retail in Russia during Q2 2013, based on the estimates from our mobile retail network. 

Highlights from the report:

- During Q2 2013, the number of phones sold in Russia decreased by 3.3% compared to Q2 2013 with around 8.9 mln devices sold
- During Q2 2013, the mobile handset market in Russia expanded by 17.0% in sales compared to Q2 2013 to reach RUB 49.3 bln 

- During Q2 2013, the smartphone market increased by 56.6% compared to Q2 2012 with 3.9 mln smartphones sold

- During Q2 2013, the smartphone market expanded by 50% in terms of sales compared to Q2 2012 to reach RUB 39.5 bln  

-  At the end of Q2 2013, MTS retail network comprised 4,184 stores, including 1,308 franchised outlets. 


Please download the complete report here

Mobile Retail Report Q2 2013.pdf (574.74 kb)

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Russia | Mobile | Russia

MOBILE RETAIL REPORT IN RUSSIA, Q1 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Today we are issuing a report on mobile retail in Russia during Q1 2013, based on the estimates from our mobile retail network. 

Highlights from the report:
-  During Q1 2013, the number of phones sold in Russia decreased by 8.4% compared to Q1 2012 with around 8.7 mln devices sold
-  During Q1 2013, the mobile handset market in Russia expanded by 12.4% in sales compared to Q1 2012 to reach RUB 49.1 bln 

 -  The average price of mobile phones during Q1 2013 increased by 22.7% compared to Q1 2012

At the end of Q1 2013, MTS retail network comprised 4 398 stores, including 1 542 franchised outlets. 


 Please download the complete report here


Retail Report Q1 2013.pdf (465.81 kb)

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Mobile

MTS ENHANCES CAPACITY OF THE MOSCOW - ST. PETERSBURG INTRA-CITY LINE

Monday, January 28, 2013

MTS has completed modernization of the fiber-optic line between Moscow and St. Petersburg increasing its capacity 10 times from 400 Gb/s up to 4000 Gb/s. This intra-city network is vital for overall operation of the MTS’s mobile and fixed network as it provides for downloading data from many of the internet resources located outside Russia. Whether it’s an MMS sent from London to Moscow, or someone in Nizhny Novgorod watching a clip on youtube, the traffic is likely to go through this channel. Daily traffic in this line already exceeds one Petabyte, a third of total traffic in the MTS intra-city networks. 

 

The increase in the throughput was prompted by the growing pressure on our networks from skyrocketing data traffic. At the end of 2012, our networks were transferring 2600 Terabytes per day, or 200 times the amount of data stored in the Russia’s National Library. Two years from now we expect the penetration of smartphones to rise up to 60%. Proliferation of smartphones, coupled with the roll-out of LTE networks in major cities will trigger annual data-traffic growth of four-five times. Hence, the need to invest in upgrading capacity of intra-city “arteria” that will satisfy the growing demand for data.  

 

MTS’s fiber-optic network already encompasses over 140,000 km of lines. We continue to increase the network by building our backbone and backhaul networks and rolling-out GPON project in Moscow. In 2013, we also plan to enhance the capacity of the Moscow-Yekaterinburg line and conduct modernization of the intra-city lines in the Southern regions in order to increase data traffic exchange with Ukraine, the axis which is also used for data transfer from and to the Western Europe.  

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Mobile | Russia

MTS CONTRUBUTES TO REDUCING RUSSIA'S DEPENDENCE ON CASH

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Dmitry Panfilov, MTS Director for Financial Services, was interviewed by MasterCard blog. He spoke about NFC contactless payments project launched in May 2012 by MTS and MasterCard. The benefits of a cashless society are countless – from safer money transactions to more convenient and quicker purchase processes. MTS looks forward to actively promoting the NFC PayPass technology in Russia together with MasterCard.

Click here to wacth  the video interview.

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Mobile | Russia

SALES IN THE MTS ONLINE SHOP DOUBLE IN H1 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

 

Russia has the largest online population in Europe – 60 million – and 15 million online shoppers. According to the data presented at the “RIF + KIB 2012" conference, there are 30,000 online stores in the Russian Internet. In total they generate $9 billion per year or 1.5% of all retail sales in Russia, which is four times less than in the U.S. and three and a half times less than in Europe. Yet the Russian e-commerce market is growing 30-50% each year and is projected to reach $16 billion by 2016.

MTS stands to tap this potential by enhancing capabilities of its online store www.shop.mts.ruMTS is leveraging its resources as the second largest mobile retail network in Russia with streamlined logistics chains connecting 2,500 stores in over 1,000 population centers. In the first half of 2012, online sales doubled driven by the rising demand for smartphones. Smartphones currently account for 70% of online sales, portable electronic devices (including notebooks, tablets, e-readers, cameras) generate 15% of sales, basic and feature phones account for 12% of sales, and the remaining 3% of sales consist of accessories. In the first half of 2012, MTS expanded its portfolio of devices by making 300 models of phones and smartphones and over 650 models of portable electronic devices available online.

MTS delivers orders made online to 80 of Russia’s 83 regions. Most popular among customers is MTS’s “pick up in store” service, which accounts for 85% of orders. Currently, purchases are delivered “to the door” in 14 of Russia’s largest cities, but given the rising appetite of Russian customers for online shopping, the list of these cities is set expand quickly. 

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Mobile | Mobile | Russia | Russia

SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS FOR Q2 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012
Subscribers (mln)June 30,  2012 

March 31, 2012 

Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, mln 100.27 100.23 0.04 0.04%
Russia 69.59 69.38 0.21 0.3%
Ukraine 19.35 19.10 0.25 1.3%
Uzbekistan 9.02 9.53 -0.51 -5.3%
Armenia 2.31 2.23 0.08 3.8%
MTS Belarus 1 5.02 4.96 0.07 1.4%

 


Subscriber data for Russian mobile operators is compiled by Advanced Communications and Media, a management consulting and research agency specializing in telecommunications and media. You can view their Q2 2012 subscriber report here.

1 MTS owns a 49% stake in Mobile TeleSystems LLC, a mobile operator in Belarus, which is not consolidated.

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Mobile | Mobile | Mobile

ERICSSON SUPPORTING MTS IN 3G ROLL-OUT

Friday, June 01, 2012

We wanted to share with you a great movie Ericsson filmed about the role they played in MTS’s 3G roll-out. Ericsson was one of the vendors that MTS retained to ensure that the ambitious goal of covering 80% of Russia’s populated territory with 3G network is attained within the shortest possible timeframe. MTS obtained its 3G license in 2007, and launched services in major cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow in 2008-2009.  Yet the large-scale, nationwide roll-out of our 3G network didn’t begin until the second half of 2010. MTS has since installed 23,000 base stations, covering 14,000 population centers across Russia. The project required mobilization of significant resources within the company since nearly 5,000 employees were actively involved in planning the roll-out, identifying locations for sites, ensuring that proper paperwork was completed, connecting base stations to transport networks and overseeing construction carried out both by our strategic vendors - Ericsson, NSN (Nokia Siemens Networks) and Huawei - as well as their network of subcontractors. NSN focused their efforts on Moscow and Central Russia, Huawei was hard at work in Russia’s Far East while Ericsson - as this video attests - delivered 9,000 base stations across Russia.

 

The 3G build out continues into 2012 as we aim to reach our goal of 28,000 base stations, but the deployment of the network has already translated into dramatic increases in data traffic - from 70 Mb per user month in Q1 2010 to 455 Mb in Q1 2012. Furthermore, data traffic revenues have doubled during this period.

Click here to view the video on our youtube channel.

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Mobile | Russia

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