MTS and Nokia make virtualized VoLTE call


Russian operator MTS and network equipment provider Nokia have announced the completion of what Nokia said was the first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call to be carried on virtualized telco cloud infrastructure. The test was carried out in MTS’ live network, using Nokia-supplied suite of virtualized core network elements, including IMS, Telephony Application Server (TAS) and Home Subscriber Server (HSS), running in MTS’ private cloud. These were controlled by Nokia’s Cloud Application Manager.

MTS teams with Samsung on North-West Russian LTE network

MTS plans to launch its first MTS LTE FDD network in Russia’s Northwest Federal District with Korean vendor Samsung

Russian operator group MTS plans to launch its first MTS LTE FDD network in Russia’s Northwest Federal District with Korean vendor Samsung. The rollout of the network is a part of the three-year agreement signed between the two firms in 2013.

Six degrees of separation


It often feels as though the world is getting smaller – a side effect of the increasing density of human networks. The Informer is sure you’ve heard of a popular theory that most people in the world are connected to each other, and Kevin Bacon, by no more than six steps.

Russian operators begin to phase out iPhone

Apple's iPhone has been dropped by MTS and Megafon in Russia

Two of Russia’s largest mobile operators have ceased selling iPhone devices in the country due to the extensive marketing and financial support demanded by Apple. Second and third placed MTS and Megafon have already stopped advertising the device on their online shopping portals.

VimpelCom brings LTE to Moscow

VimpelCom has launched LTE services in Moscow

European operator VimpelCom has launched LTE services in Moscow. The firm’s LTE FDD services are now accessible within the central Sadovoye Ring area of the city. The operator expects LTE services to be available throughout the Russian capital by the end of 2013.

Canada’s MTS picks up Pace

MTS plans to further increase its broadband footprint and speeds in Manitoba

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.

Russia’s MTS closes down Uzbek operation

MTS is closing down its subsidiary in Uzbekistan following a criminal case

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.

MTS targets ‘unbanked’ Russian market


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.

MTS rips and replaces WiMAX with TD-LTE

Leading Russian carrier MTS has launched a TD-LTE network across most of Moscow and 40 other major residential areas in the Moscow region.

MTS strikes app revenue share deal with Google

Can businesses risk choosing one technology over another?

As part of an upcoming series of interviews with top tier operator CTOs, 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.

Going the distance


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.

Russian carriers shift to all IP backhaul

Mobile operators are moving to IP backhaul to deal with explosive growth in data traffic

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.

MTS joins Wholesale Applications Community

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 revenues up 16.6% year-on-year to $2.77bn in 2Q10

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.

NSN wins “Russia’s first” full network outsource contract from MTS

NSN said this is the first deal of its type to be struck in Russia

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.

A view from the Garrett

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.

Something for everyone

Charging ahead: A look at the range of new billing models for mobile operators

Issue #164 April 2010

MTS, TeliaSonera go on shopping sprees

MTS, TeliaSonera go on shopping sprees

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).

MTS launches indoor 3G in Moscow

MTS launches indoor 3G in Moscow

Leading Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) said this week that it has switched on its first phase 3G network in Moscow.

MTS expands retail presence through acquisition

MTS, the largest mobile operator in Russia and the CIS has bought high street retail chain Telefon.Ru outright for $60m. Telefon.Ru operates 512 stores in 160 Russian cities, selling airtime contracts, handsets and other consumer electronics. The $60m price tag includes $25m for inventory reserves, MTS said, and will be supplemented by a further $25m [...]