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Oct

10% of Russians Currently Use Cellular Phones

AC&M reports that total number of cellular subscribers in Russia reached 14.5 mln as of September 30, 2002.

MTS remains the largest cellular network with 5.45 mln subscribers including 2.69 mln users in Moscow. Although MTS leads the race in regions, Vimpelcom manages to retain its first place on Moscow market with 3.3 mln users.

Megafon's Moscow numbers also improved - the company earned 11% of net additions in September reaching 162,000 subsribers, which is 35,000 growth compared to August data.

Top 10 Russian Cellular Operators

#CompanySubs
1MTS5,450,000
2Vimpelcom*4,000,500
3Megafon2,286,291
4SMARTS Group433,800
5Uralsvyazinform**280,000
6Taif-Telcom201,437
7Stavtelesot148,748
8N.Novgorod Cellular126,000
9Tatincom108,000
10Extel94,686
as of September 30, 2002
* including Beeline Samara (102,500)
** consolidated Perm, Chelyabinsk, Kurgan and Tyumen regions

Russian Cellular Subscribers by Macro-regions, thsnd

CompanyCenter*North SouthVolgaUralsSiberiaFar East
MTS3,010520570180145 27050
Vimpelcom3,2100101040 900
Megafon1151,24527524510 00
Others350275265775430 245225
Total6,6852,0401,1201,210625 605275
Penetration 16%13%7%5%3% 3%2%
as of July 31, 2002
* including Moscow