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18
Mar

Russia has 190 mln active SIM cards in cellular networks

AC&M releases its estimates on cellular market in Russia and Ukraine.

Key points are:

Russia
  •  Number of subscribers (valid SIM cards) increased to 190 mln, up 0.9 mln from January 2009, 23.2 mln from February 2008;
  • Penetration increased to 131% (up 0.6% from January 2009, 16% from February 2008);
  • There were 188 and 169 SIM cards in use per 100 population in Moscow and St.Petersburg respectively as of February 28, 2008.
 Ukraine
  • Number of subscribers (valid SIM cards) decreased to 55.6 mln, down 0.2 mln from January 2009, up 0.4 mln from February 2008);
  • Penetration decreased to 120.5% (down 0.4% from January 2009, up 1.4% from February 2008).

 The release is available in our Download Area.
Feel free to contact us by phone +7 495 623-5480 or via email.

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18
Feb

January 2009 Cellular Data

AC&M released today its estimations on Russian and Ukrainian cellular market.

Key points of the release are:

Russia:
  • Number of subscribers (valid SIM cards) increased to 189 mln, up 0.9 mln from December 2008, 23.9 mln from January 2008;
  • Penetration  increased to 130%  (up 0.6% from December 2008, 16.4% from January 2008);
  • There were 187 and 168 SIM cards in use per 100 population in Moscow and St.Petersburg respectively as of January 31, 2008.
Ukraine:
  • Number of subscribers (valid SIM cards) increased to 55.8 mln, up 0.006 mln from December 2008, up 0.45 mln from January 2008);
  • Penetration  increased to 120.9%  (up 0.01% from December 2008, up 1.8% from January 2008).

The release is available in our Download Area.

Feel free to contact us by phone +7 495 623-5480 or via email.

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28
Mar

Russia almost reached 130 mln Cellular Subscribers

February 2006 cellular market data for Russia and Ukraine (including Russian mobile operators' activities abroad) are available below. Please refer to our monthly report for detailed information on net additions and market shares.

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16
Feb

January 2006 Cellular Subscriber Figures

January 2006 cellular market data for Russia and Ukraine including Russian mobile operators' activities in CIS are available below. Please refer to our monthly report for detailed information on net additions and market shares.
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23
Jan

A Closer Look at 2005 Cellular Subscriber Data

To find out more about key developments of the Russian cellular market in 2005 please refer to our 2005 market round-up. The document provides data on 2005 subscriber base dynamics of largest Russian cellular operators with particular focus on their activities in Russia and Ukraine.
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18
Jan

Cellular Market Data: 2005 Year-End Results

Below you may download the December and year-end 2005 subscriber figures on Russian and Ukrainian cellular markets. Please note that we have slightly downgraded our November 2004 estmates for total number of subscribers in Russia and upgraded Astelit's (Ukraine) figures for November.

Main highlights for both covered markets:

Russia

MTS remains market leader but the margin between MTS and Vimpelcom narrows. Although Russian operators added significant 6.2 mln new subs to the counter in December, there is a visible slowdown in Y-o-Y market growth rate - there were 8.3 mln net additions reported in December 2004. 2005 was the last year of record-high growth rates as the level of saturation closes in in the major part of the country's regions. Other key points:

  • Number of subscribers (valid SIM cards) reached 125.8 mln (up 6.2 mln from November 2005, 51.4 mln from December 2004);
  • Penetration jumped to 86.6% (up 4.3% from November 2005, 35.4% from December 2004);
  • There were 135 and 118 SIM cards in use per 100 population in Moscow and St.Petersburg respectively as of December 31, 2005;
  • MTS won December net additons in the regions and generally in Russia, losing to Vimpelcom in Moscow and St.Petersburg.

Russian Mobile Subscribers

Mobile Subscribers December 31, 2005 November 30, 2005
Total Russia 125,760,000 119,730,000
  Penetration* 86.6% 82.5%
Moscow 22,842,679 22,302,410
  Penetration* 134.5% 131.3%
St.Petersburg 7,508,220 7,273,784
  Penetration* 118.4% 114.7%
Subscribers outside Moscow and St.Pete 95,409,101 90,153,806
  Penetration* 78.3% 74.0%

* Please note that penetration figures are calculated based on official data from 2002 population census (145 mln for Russia, 17 mln for Moscow and 6.3 mln for St.Pete). Reportedly, the population in Moscow License Area reaches as high as 23-25 mln while St.Pete License Area population figure is above 7 mln.

Ukraine

Total number of subscribers in Ukraine almost doubled in 2005. Kyivstar and UMC remain very close rivals with Astelit lagging behind by a margin. Leaders were almost on par in December net additions, though UMC managed to attract a bit larger share of users.

  • Number of subscribers (valid SIM cards) reached 30.4 mln (up 3.6 mln from November 2005, 16.5 mln from December 2004);
  • Penetration increased to 63.8% (up 7.5% from November 2005, 34.6% from December 2004);

Ukrainian Mobile Subscribers

Mobile Subscribers December 31, 2005 November 30, 2005
Total number of subscribers 30,379,116 26,823,941
Penetration 63.8% 56.4%

Our estimates for Astelit show significant market share gain in 2005 (9% as of December). However, considering quite liberal churn policy adopted by the company we maintain strong scepticism about the ability of all those subscribers to generate a reasonable revenue for Astelit.