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Russian Cellular Market in April 2005

The number of Russian cellular customers grew 4% in April to reach 89.3 mln (3.7 mln net adds, slightly less than in March when 3.9 new subscribers were added). SIM-card penetration was at 62% as of April 30, 2005, compared to 31% in April 2004 and 51% at the end of 2004.

Russian Mobile Subscribers

Mobile Subscribers April 30, 2005 March 31, 2005
Total Russia 89,275,000 85,560,000
  Penetration* 61.5% 58.9%
Moscow 19,139,425 18,608,083
  Penetration* 112.7% 109.6%
St.Petersburg 6,220,025 6,053,309
  Penetration 98.1% 95.5%
Subscribers outside Moscow and St.Pete 63,915,550 60,898,608
  Penetration 52.5% 50.0%

* Please note that penetration figures are calculated based on official data from 2002 population census (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.

Russian Cellular
Market Breakdown, April 2005
Russian Net Additions,
April 2005

Top 10 Mobile Operators

# Company April 30, 2005 March 31, 2005
1 MTS 42,084,667 40,085,000
Moscow
8,393,216 8,114,377
Ukraine (UMC)
8,325,515 8,079,556
Belarus
1,455,919 1,396,380
Uzbekistan
369,625 351,974
2 Vimpelcom 31,809,000 30,750,000
Moscow
8,267,500 8,120,000
Kazakhstan
1,195,000 1,131,000
3 MegaFon 16,269,861 15,684,945
Moscow
2,348,716 2,255,879
Tajikistan
51,329 50,138
4 Uralsvyazinform 2,480,000 2,400,000
5 SMARTS Group 2,150,000 2,101,000
6 Tele2 1,590,000 1,490,000
7 Sibirtelecom 1,267,622 1,198,255
8 N.Novgorod Cellular 826,556 798,036
9 Ekaterinburg Cellular Communications - MOTIV 537,665 509,384
10 New Telephone Company 345,670 326,770

Both Vimpelcom and MegaFon showed somewhat modest results in April compared to MTS, which was the unquestionable leader in net additions in Moscow, St.Petersburg and the regions.

Moscow and St.Petersburg

Moscow License Area

Moscow Market Breakdown
April 30, 2005

Net Additions in Moscow,
April 2005

St.Petersburg and Leningrad Region

St. Petersburg Market Breakdown
April 30, 2005
Net Additions in St.Petersburg
April 2005

Regions outside Moscow and St.Pete

Regional Market Breakdown
April 30, 2005
Regional Net Additions
April 2005