MTS announces subscriber growth numbers for December 2008

19 January 2009

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS” – NYSE: MBT), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, announces that its consolidated subscriber base reached 91.33 million users on December 31, 2008.

During December, MTS’ consolidated subscriber base increased by 1.66 million subscribers with 1.36 million added in Russia.

Subscribers (mln) Dec 31, 2008 Nov 30, 2008 Growth
Subs
Growth
%

Dec 31, 2007

Growth
Subs
Growth
%
Total consolidated subscribers, end of period 91.33 89.68 1.66 1.8% 81.97 9.36 11.4%
Russia 64.63 63.27 1.36 2.1% 57.43 7.20 12.5%
  Moscow and the
  Moscow region
14.91 14.65 0.27 1.8% 13.45 1.46 10.9%
  St. Petersburg and the   Leningrad region 3.25 3.15 0.10 3.3% 2.82 0.43 15.4%
  Rest of Russia 46.46 45.48 0.98 2.2% 41.16 5.30 12.9%
Ukraine 18.115 18.103 0.012 0.07% 20.00 (1.89) (9.4%)
Uzbekistan 5.65 5.49 0.16 2.8% 2.80 2.85 101.7%
Turkmenistan 0.93 0.87 0.06 7.0% 0.36 0.57 157.6%
Armenia 2.02 1.94 0.07 3.7% 1.38 0.64 46.2%
MTS Belarus1 4.32 4.23 0.09 2.1% 3.80 0.52 13.7%

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

For further information, please contact:

Mobile TeleSystems, Moscow
Investor Relations
tel: +7 495 223 2025
e-mail: ir@mts.ru

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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 91.33 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).
 
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Contact us:

+ 7 495 223 20 25 ir@mts.ru