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Value added services (VAS) provider Playfon has launched commercial services in Armenia, offering a suite of products ranging from mobile gaming by the world’s top publishers to the greatest music hits from the major Russian and international record labels. The company’s extensive portfolio of games, videos and music downloads is available for all subscribers of local GSM operators ArmenTel (Beeline) and K Telecom (VivaCell-MTS).
MTS, Russia’s leading mobile operator, has added 1.66 million new subscribers in the month of December’08, reaching the mark of 91.33 million subscribers. MTS subscribers in Russia totalled to 64.63 million, rising by 1.36 million at November end. MTS added 0.27 million subscribers in Moscow and reached the total of 14.91 million at December end. Subscribers in the rest of Russia totalled 46.46 million. In Ukraine, MTS added 12,000 subscribers in December, totalling to 18.115 million. MTS also has 5.65 million subscribers in Uzbekistan, 0.93 million in Turkmenistan, 2.02 million in Armenia and 4.32 million in Belarus.
Russia’s largest cellco MTS added 1.36 million net new users to its domestic networks in December, taking its total customer base in Russia to 64.63 million. The firm also has consolidated operations in Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Armenia, with 91.33 million consolidated subscribers across the entire group at end-December, up from 89.68 million a month before. In addition, the unconsolidated subsidiary MTS Belarus has 4.32 million users, up from 4.23 million at 30 November.
MTS, Russia’s largest mobile phone service provider, has selected China’s Huawei Technologies to supply gear for its third-generation (3G) network in Armenia, the Russian company said on Friday. MTS said in a statement Huawei, China’s largest telecoms equipment maker, will supply base stations and controllers but gave no size of the contract. The carrier, part of services conglomerate Sistema, plans to launch the network this spring.
Although the three 3G licence holders – MTS, Vimpelcom and MegaFon – have already deployed the necessary technology, a commercial rollout of services faces further delays as the Russian military has still not freed up UMTS frequencies. The Moscow Times cited comments from Alexander Malis, Vimpelcom’s director for broadband development , who said, ’First, the military promised to free the frequencies by 1 September this year. Now, they said it would be first quarter of next year…The excuses given varied from time to time, but the probable reason is that those making the decision lack any sense of urgency.’
Mobile network operator Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST), which is now majority-owned by Turkey’s Turkcell, is looking to increase its share of the domestic mobile market to around 33% after 2009, as it looks to close the gap on larger rivals MTS Belarus and Mobile Digital Communications (Velcom). In July this year Turkcell agreed to buy an 80% stake in BeST from the State Committee on Property of the Republic of Belarus for USD500 million, plus a further payment of USD100 million when BeST records its first full-year profit. Turkcell also agreed to invest USD500 million in the company’s development over the next ten years. BeST currently has around 200,000 customers, a market share of less than 5%.