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Growth Continues in November 2003

Russian cellular market demonstrates steady growth with 1.6 mln new subscribers added to the counter in November 2003. MTS remains market leader in Russia and CIS while Vimpelcom continues to lead in Moscow region.

Top 10 Cellular Operators

# Company November 30, 2003 October 31, 2003
1 MTS 15,763,000 15,050,000
Moscow
4,709,052 4,605,000
Ukraine (UMC)
2,800,000 2,700,000
Belarus
405,000 360,000
2 Vimpelcom 10,498,000 9,915,000
Moscow
5,420,000 5,270,000
3 MegaFon 5,817,225 5,600,296
Moscow
803,554 767,502
Tajikistan
10,000 9,500
4 SMARTS Group 1,080,000 1,027,000
5 Uralsvyazinform 1,066,400 1,007,500
6 Sibirtelecom 439,900 424,300
7 N.Novgorod Cellular 334,444 317,029
8 Dal Telecom International 175,632 165,382
9 Ekaterinburg Cellular Communications 172,774 169,669
10 New Telephone Company 136,534 130,180

Russian Cellular Market Breakdown

Russian Net Additions, November 2003

Russian Mobile Subscribers

Mobile Subscribers Nov. 30, 2003 Oct. 31, 2003
Russia 33,520,000 31,920,000
  Penetration 23.1% 22.0%
Moscow 10,987,606 10,697,502
  Penetration 64.7% 63.0%
St.Petersburg 3,338,643 3,233,948
  Penetration 52.7% 51.0%

Recent events:

  • On November 1st MCC launched IMT-MC-450 network in Moscow under SkyLink brand.
  • MTS and Vimpelcom announced 9M 2003 financial results.

Moscow Market

First month of MCC's IMT-MC-450 network operations did not changed much in net additions breakdown. GSM operators continue to dominate the market in the capital of Russia.

Moscow market demonstrates signs of mid-term saturation. We expect that in 6-9 month the pace of growth in Moscow region will noticeably slow down.

Moscow Market Breakdown

Moscow Net Additions, Nov 2003