MTS receives three nominations for World Communications Awards 2008

16 September 2008

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS” – NYSE: MBT), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, announces that it has received three nominations for the World Communications Awards 2008. The Company made the shortlist in the “Best Brand”, “Best Mobile Operator” and “Best Project Management” award categories.

“MTS’ has one of the most recognized brands in all markets of our operations, and we are delighted that our brand leadership is gaining increasing international recognition,” noted Cynthia Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer of MTS Group. “Nomination for one of the most prestigious international telecoms awards stands as a testament to our market leadership and continued delivery of the highest quality and most innovative products and services.”

MTS is joined by Bharti Airtel, Etisalat, Mobinil and Turkcell for the “Best Brand” award category. This category recognizes the carrier or service provider that has been most effective in creating a compelling brand for its products or services in one or more branches of the media.

MTS is joined by Orange, SK Telecom and Telstra for the “Best Mobile Operator” award category.  This category recognizes mobile operators that have demonstrated a steady growth of data and voice revenues and innovative strategic expansion decisions.

MTS is joined by Alcatel Lucent, Bharti Airtel, Easynet, Orange Business Services and TEO LT for the Best Project Management. MTS received the nomination for the joint Intelligent Network Platforms harmonization project with Comverse.

The winners of the World Communications Awards 2008 will be announced on November 26, 2008.

About the World Communications Awards

The World Communications Awards is one of the most prestigious global telecommunications awards, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The Awards recognize the companies and individuals responsible for the innovations, achievements and new services that are helping to build tomorrow’s telecom industry. The Awards are open to all communications providers, whether they are traditional carrier, service provider, multimedia content provider or another organization providing a communication service. The World Communication Awards maintain their fiercely protected independence and focus on the big issues, while encouraging more entries from communications providers across the globe, both large and small, to ensure the awards can truly claim ’world’ status. More information about the Awards is available here.


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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS”) is the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS. Together with its subsidiaries, the Company services over 87.26 million subscribers. The regions of Russia, as well as Armenia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, in which MTS and its associates and subsidiaries are licensed to provide GSM services, have a total population of more than 230 million. Since June 2000, MTS’ Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT). Additional information about MTS can be found on MTS’ website at
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