Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) is a leading telecom operator in Russia and the CIS. Together with its subsidiaries, MTS services 104 mln mobile subscribers in Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The company also provides fixed telephony and cable TV services in Moscow (MGTS), and in all federal districts of Russia and Ukraine.
MTS remains a leader by revenue and OIBDA in absolute terms among the Russian Big Three operators. In 2014, MTS' active mobile subscriber base grew by 7.5% vs 2013. MTS is the leader by revenue from mobile data services; at the end of 2014, its market share equaled 38.8% of the Big Three’s total. Earnings from data services went 35.9% up year-on-year.
In 2014, MTS continued actively investing in construction of 3G/4G data transmission networks and in modernisation and expansion of 3G networks as part of the projects to increase capacity and coverage in strategic regions.
In 2014-2015, MTS will carry out projects to improve the quality of communications in Moscow and St. Petersburg. According to Speedtest, MTS has the best results in Russia for data downloading speed and minimal network delay. In Moscow, according to tests conducted by Speedtest users, MTS' LTE networks demonstrate the highest speed of data transmission to subscribers among the Big Three operators thanks to the large-scale construction of networks in 2013-2014.
4G networks were put into commercial operation in 76 regions of Russia vs. 15 regions at the end of 2013. At the end of 2014, MTS was the leader among the Big Three in terms of the number of Russian regions with LTE coverage.