Launch of Operations in Uzbekistan

01 December 2014

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS” or the “Company” – NYSE: MBT), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, announces that Universal Mobile Systems LLC (“UMS”), a joint venture between MTS and the Republic of Uzbekistan, has commercially launched mobile networks throughout the territory of Uzbekistan.

On December 01, 2014, UMS launched sales of SIM cards through its proprietary network of 20 stores and through another 230 independent locations throughout Uzbekistan. UMS offers services over its 2G/3G networks to consumers and corporate customers.

Mr. Andrei Smelkov, MTS Vice President for Foreign Subsidiaries, commented, “We are pleased to announce the launch of a new mobile provider in Uzbekistan established by MTS and our partner, the State Committee for Communications, Development of Information Systems and Telecommunications Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The new entity is fully equipped to provide high-quality voice and mobile data services due to its ample capacity and coverage of roughly 90% of the territory of Uzbekistan.”

Financial results of UMS will be consolidated in the Group’s financial statements beginning from December 01, 2014.

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For further information, please contact in Moscow:

Joshua B. Tulgan
Director, Department of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC
Tel: +7 495 223 2025

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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS") is the leading telecommunications group in Russia, Сentral and Eastern Europe, offering mobile and fixed voice, broadband and pay TV in one of the world's fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries, the Group services over 100 million mobile subscribers. The Group has been awarded GSM licenses in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Turkmenistan and Belarus, a region that boasts 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 the MTS Group can be found at

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