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.