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14
May

Number of Cellular Users Up 5% in April

April is historically on par or weaker than March in terms of cellular sales. The total net adds in Russia were 2.1 mln vs. 2.4 mln a month ago (1.1 mln a year ago in April 2003). The penetration in the country surpassed 30%, a twofold increase Y-o-Y.

MTS outperformed competitors in Moscow area while Vimpelcom demonstrated the best performance in regional sales. MegaFon's final steps to 'clean' the subscriber base by introducing stricter churn policies in its subsidiaries across Russia resulted in rather weak performance in April, though the company's additions in Moscow were stable with subscriber base exceeding 1 mln in the capital as of April 30.

Russian Mobile Subscribers

Mobile Subscribers Apr 30, 2004 Mar 31, 2004
Russia 44,420,000 42,260,000
  Penetration 30.6% 29.1%
Moscow 12,813,564 12,424,223
  Penetration 75.4% 73.1%
St.Petersburg 4,066,771 3,931,481
  Penetration 64.1% 62.0%
Russian Cellular
Market Breakdown, April 2004
Russian Net Additions,
April 2004
Top 10 Mobile Operators
# Company April 30, 2004 March 31, 2004
1 MTS 21,000,514 19,950,000
Moscow
5,605,849 5,390,000
Ukraine (UMC)
4,103,798 3,849,000
Belarus
636,000 593,000
2 Vimpelcom 14,125,000 13,348,000
Moscow
6,150,000 6,034,000
3 MegaFon 8,128,165 7,741,730
Moscow
1,002,315 942,377
Tajikistan
16,500 16,000
4 Uralsvyazinform 1,395,389 1,338,811
5 SMARTS Group 1,317,000 1,265,000
6 Sibirtelecom 604,700 599,800
7 N.Novgorod Cellular 437,798 430,981
8 Dal Telecom International 276,448 258,411
9 Ekaterinburg Cellular Communications 276,189 265,137
10 New Telephone Company 160,714 153,895

Moscow and St.Petersburg

Moscow License Area

MTS leapfroged over Vimpelcom in April winning 55% of all net additions. Vimpelcom still remains the leader with 6.15 mln subscribers leading by 0.5 mln users compared to its main rival, MTS. MegaFon finally reached 1 mln milestone in Moscow earning visible 18% of new users.

Moscow Market Breakdown
April 30, 2004
Net Additions in Moscow,
April 2004

St.Petersburg and Leningrad Region

St. Petersburg Market Breakdown
April 31, 2004
Net Additions in St.Petersburg
April 2004
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06
Apr

More Than 6 Million Cellular Users Joined Cellular Networks in 1Q 2004

March 2004 was succesful for Russian cellular companies. The total number of cellular users in Russia grew by 2.38 mln.

We berlieve there will be more than 60 mln cellular subscribers in the country by year-end 2004.

Russian Mobile Subscribers

Mobile Subscribers Mar 31, 2004 Feb 29, 2004
Russia 42,260,000 39,880,000
  Penetration 29.1% 27.5%
Moscow 12,424,223 12,052,148
  Penetration 73.1% 71.0%
St.Petersburg 3,931,481 3,762,237
  Penetration 62.0% 59.3%
Russian Cellular
Market Breakdown, March 2004
Russian Net Additions,
March 2004
Top 10 Mobile Operators
# Company March 31, 2004 February 29, 2004
1 MTS 19,950,000 18,945,000
Moscow
5,390,000 5,200,000
Ukraine (UMC)
3,849,000 3,652,415
Belarus
593,000 549,348
2 Vimpelcom 13,348,000 12,549,000
Moscow
6,034,000 5,909,000
3 MegaFon 7,741,730 7,163,222
Moscow
942,377 888,148
Tajikistan
16,000 15,294
4 Uralsvyazinform 1,338,811 1,201,800
5 SMARTS Group 1,265,000 1,195,000
6 Sibirtelecom 599,800 574,700
7 N.Novgorod Cellular 430,981 415,383
8 Ekaterinburg Cellular Communications 265,137 245,944
9 Dal Telecom International 258,411 236,122
10 New Telephone Company 153,895 167,728

Moscow and St.Petersburg

Moscow License Area

Moscow Market Breakdown
March 31, 2004
Net Additions in Moscow,
March 2004

St.Petersburg and Leningrad Region

St. Petersburg Market Breakdown
March 31, 2004
Net Additions in St.Petersburg
March 2004
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04
Mar

Cellular Subs Almost Doubled During Last 12 Months

Russia now have more than 40 mln mobile subscribers. The number almost doubled during last 12 months since the country passed 20 mln milestone in February 2003.

Russian Mobile Subscribers

Mobile Subscribers Feb 29, 2004 Jan 31, 2004
Russia 39,880,000 37,960,000
  Penetration 27.5% 26.1%
Moscow 12,052,148 11,740,502
  Penetration 71.0% 69.1%
St.Petersburg 3,762,237 3,656,389
  Penetration 59.3% 57.7%
Russian Cellular
Market Breakdown, Feb 2004
Russian Net Additions,
February 2004

Top 10 Mobile Operators

# Company February 29, 2004 January 31, 2004
1 MTS 18,945,000 18,070,000
Moscow
5,200,000 5,061,000
Ukraine (UMC)
3,652,415 3,490,000
Belarus
549,348 505,400
2 Vimpelcom 12,549,000 11,935,000
Moscow
5,909,000 5,757,000
3 MegaFon 7,163,222 6,737,771
Moscow
888,148 867,646
Tajikistan
15,294 15,000
4 Uralsvyazinform 1,201,800 1,251,100
5 SMARTS Group 1,195,000 1,172,000
6 Sibirtelecom 574,700 536,000
7 N.Novgorod Cellular 415,383 396,870
8 Ekaterinburg Cellular Communications 245,944 237,475
9 Dal Telecom International 236,122 220,093
10 New Telephone Company 167,728 159,492

Moscow and St.Petersburg

Moscow License Area

In February Vimpelcom won back its leading position in monthly net additions from MTS.

Moscow Market Breakdown
February 29, 2004
Net Additions in Moscow,
February 2004

St.Petersburg and Leningrad Region

MegaFon dominated the market in February with 43% of all new users attracted to the network. The company maintains its market share of 50% while MTS and Vimpelcom have 33% and 10% respectively. Penetration of mobile services in St.Pete is about to reach 60%.

St. Petersburg Market Breakdown
February 29, 2004
Net Additions in St.Petersburg
February 2004
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05
Feb

Russian Cellular Market Added 1.73 mln in January 2004

1.73 mln new subscribers joined Russian mobile networks in January 2004 which is 0.69 mln more than in Jan-03. Moscow market grew by 248 thousand users, 39 thousand less than a year ago.

MTS remains the market leader with more than 18 mln subscribers werved by the company's networks across Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Vimpelcom is about to step over 12 mln threshold in February. The company added 540 thousand of new subscribers in January.

Russian Mobile Subscribers

Mobile Subscribers Jan 31, 2004 Dec 31, 2003
Russia 37,960,000 36,230,000
  Penetration 26.1% 25.0%
Moscow 11,740,502 11,487,308
  Penetration 69.1% 67.6%
St.Petersburg 3,656,389 3,526,336
  Penetration 57.7% 55.6%
Russian Cellular Market Breakdown, Jan 2004
Russian Net Additions, January 2004

MTS have 14.07 mln users in Russia and almost 4 mln of subscribers abroad. Vimpelcom and MegaFon follow MTS with 11.9 mln and 6.7 mln users respectively. Uralsvyazinform moved up in the list of top Russian operators outperforming SMARTS association.

Top 10 Mobile Operators

# Company January 31, 2004 December 31, 2003
1 MTS 18,070,000 17,291,000
Moscow
5,061,000 4,940,000
Ukraine (UMC)
3,490,000 3,349,000
Belarus
505,400 465,000
2 Vimpelcom 11,935,000 11,395,000
Moscow
5,757,000 5,651,000
3 MegaFon 6,737,771 6,353,335
Moscow
867,646 850,308
Tajikistan
15,000 13,000
4 Uralsvyazinform 1,201,800 1,143,100
5 SMARTS Group 1,172,000 1,150,000
6 Sibirtelecom 536,000 507,000
7 N.Novgorod Cellular 396,870 368,321
8 Ekaterinburg Cellular Communications 237,475 230,112
9 Dal Telecom International 220,093 205,199
10 New Telephone Company 159,492 150,920

Moscow and St.Petersburg

Moscow License Area

In January MTS attracted more users than Vimpelcom for the first time in 7 months. Nevertheless, Vimpelcom maintains the lead in Moscow with market share of 49%.

Moscow Market Breakdown January 31, 2004
Net Additions in Moscow, January 2004

St.Petersburg and Leningrad Region

In St.Petersburg MegaFon leads both in net additions and market share. On its home market the company enlisted 44% of all new subs, which is more than combined additions of its main rivals, MTS and Vimpelcom. Please note that additions in Delta Telecom IMT-MC-450 network were not meaningful in January.
St. Petersburg Market Breakdown January 31, 2004
Net Additions in St.Petersburg January 2004
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09
Jan

Russian Cellular Market Update 2003 Released

January 9, 2004

AC&M releases a report on Russian cellular operators' performance in 2003. It includes a general overview of the Russian market and provides a brief outlook on regional markets including operations of Russian mobile communications companies in Ukraine and Belarus

You may download AC&M Russian Cellular Market Update, 2003 by clicking on a following link:
Adobe PDF file (~200 Kb).

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08
Jan

Number of Russian Cellular Users Doubled in 2003

Russia has more than 36 mln cellular users by the end of 2003 which is a 100% growth Y-o-Y. Mobile services penetration in Moscow and St.Pete is on par with many Eastern European countries (67.6% and 55.6% respectively). Total penetration in the country is over 25%.

You may find more from our latest Russian Cellular Market Update, 2003. It includes subscriber growth numbers for the whole year 2003 and detailed figures on Moscow, St.Petersburg and regional markets. The report also covers Russian cellular operators' activities in Ukraine and Belarus.

Top 10 Mobile Operators

# Company December 31, 2003 November 30, 2003
1 MTS 17,291,000 15,783,000
Moscow
4,940,000 4,709,052
Ukraine (UMC)
3,349,000 2,810,000
Belarus
465,000 405,000
2 Vimpelcom 11,395,000 10,498,000
Moscow
5,651,000 5,420,000
3 MegaFon 6,353,335 5,817,225
Moscow
850,308 803,554
Tajikistan
13,000 10,000
4 SMARTS Group 1,150,000 1,080,000
5 Uralsvyazinform 1,143,100 1,066,400
6 Sibirtelecom 507,000 439,900
7 N.Novgorod Cellular 368,321 334,444
8 Ekaterinburg Cellular Communications 230,112 172,774
9 Dal Telecom International 205,199 175,632
10 New Telephone Company 150,920 136,534

Russian Cellular Market Breakdown, 2003

Russian Net Additions, December 2003

Russian Mobile Subscribers

Mobile Subscribers Dec. 31, 2003 Nov. 30, 2003
Russia 36,230,000 33,520,000
  Penetration 25.0% 23.1%
Moscow 11,487,308 10,987,606
  Penetration 67.6% 64.7%
St.Petersburg 3,526,336 3,338,643
  Penetration 55.6% 52.7%