MTS, HUAWEI CONCLUDE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT OVER SMARTPHONES AND DEVICES
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
MTS and Huawei, a global leader in ICT solutions, signed a partnership agreement, by which Huawei will supply a broader range of smartphones and other consumer electronics devices for sale through MTS’s network of over 5,700 retail outlets. The agreement increases the sale of devices under the Huawei and Honor brand, some of which will be available to MTS customers on an exclusive basis.
“MTS is a natural partner for the world’s leading device manufacturers - we not only provide the capabilities of a traditional operator but we can match our reach with the country’s largest retail footprint. We want to leverage this to provide customers with richer choices and allow our partners the broadest and most valuable channels for distribution. Partnering with Huawei too can position ourselves and our customers at the forefront of change as the Internet-of-Things becomes more of a reality," remarked Vice-President, Sales and Services, Kirill Dmitriev.
"Huawei believes the Russian market is strategically important, we want more Russians to use our products. Together with MTS we will be able to get closer to our regular and potential customers. The guaranteed high quality of our smartphones will be supported by leading services of the operator. We are confident that our cooperation will allow us to strengthen our position in the market,” added Vice-President, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group Russia, Ou Yiwei.
Under the new agreement, MTS customers will be among the first to have access to new products from Huawei. Huawei and MTS intend to introduce more than 10 new mobile devices under the Huawei and Honor brands into MTS’s retail network, including flagship models such as the Huawei P9.
In the first half of 2016, Huawei sales in retail of MTS has increased 10 times compared to last year. In 2015, Huawei demonstrated the world's highest growth rates of smartphone sales - +44% year-on-year in units - and finished the year among the top three most successful sellers of smartphones with a share of more than 7% in units according to IDC. In 2016, the growth rate of global Huawei sales has so far accelerated.