At the end of last year, Russian operator Megafon announced the launch of high-end Samsung Galaxy S III LTE- smartphone priced at RUB 29,990 ($989). This was a predictable and well planned move suggesting that the operator wants to maintain its first mover position in the LTE segment, helping to increase its brand equity and improve market share.
Canadian telco MTS has selected residential broadband gateways from UK firm Pace to deliver new services and increase its footprint and line speed in the province of Manitoba.
Russian operator MTS has announced that Uzdunrobita, the operator’s wholly-owned subsidiary in Uzbekistan, has filed a petition to declare bankruptcy in the Tashkent Commercial Court. The subsidiary has made all of its 300 to 400 staff remaining staff redundant, according to local reports, following a criminal case against its employees.
Russian telecoms operator MTS is planning to provide banking services to customers that lack a traditional bank account, following an agreement to purchase a 25.09 per cent stake in MTS Bank.
Leading Russian carrier MTS has launched a TD-LTE network across most of Moscow and 40 other major residential areas in the Moscow region.
As part of an upcoming series of interviews with top tier operator CTOs, telecoms.com spoke with Andrei Ushatskiy, vice president and chief technology officer for leading Russian carrier MTS, about the prickly subject of net neutrality. The carrier recently embarked on a revenue share deal with Google for Android apps sold in Russia.
Andrei Ushatskiy, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for leading Russian carrier MTS, is tasked with balancing a network strategy for one of the world’s biggest geographic regions as well as several satellite markets.
Russia’s mobile operators are moving to IP backhaul to deal with explosive growth in data traffic. Leading Russian carrier MTS (Mobile TeleSystems) said this week that it is expecting 86 per cent growth in Russian data traffic by 2015, forcing a strategic focus on network transport.
Russia’s leading telecoms provider, MTS has joined the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), an international alliance of telecommunications companies committed to building a global open platform for development and distribution of mobile applications.
MTS saw a 16.6 per cent year-on-year increase in consolidated revenues in 2Q10 to $2.77bn. Consolidated OIBDA was also up 11.7 per cent year-on-year to $1.24bn.
Nokia Siemens Networks has struck a deal with Russian carrier MTS for what the firms say is the first full network outsourcing contract to be signed in that country.
Garrett Johnston, group director of strategic marketing for Russian operator MTS, talks openly about the threats to existing carrier business models and what needs to be done to overcome them.
Charging ahead: A look at the range of new billing models for mobile operators
Issue #164 April 2010
Russian investment house Sistema said Tuesday that it has sold its 50.91 per cent stake in leading Moscow fixed line broadband provider Comstar UTS to Mobile TeleSystems (MTS).