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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