MTS acquires IT company NVision

Russia’s MTS announced the acquisition of IT solutions provider NVision for a total enterprise value of RUB15 billion ($263.4 million), a move described by the operator as its “entry into the IT services market”. NVision already owns and develops MTS’ …

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India moves to nationwide mobile number portability

India’s mobile operators today have launched national mobile number portability (MNP) to meet the government’s deadline for offering the service, which allows customers to keep their existing mobile numbers when they move to another region. The country has had MNP …

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RCom-SSTL merger highlights uncertainty in spectrum rules

Reliance Communications’ (RCom) planned merger with Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) may help give it the scale to better compete with the top three operators, but the potential move highlights the country’s ambiguous spectrum holding rules, the Economic Times said. The …

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Rcom and Sistema confirm merger talks

Russian investment firm Sistema has entered into “exclusive discussions” with Reliance Communications about a potential merger of their Indian telecoms businesses. In terms of connections, Rcom is significantly bigger than SSTL (which trades as MTS India) – 109.5 million wireless …

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MTS beats Q1 forecasts despite profit decline

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) reported a 14 per cent year on year decline in Q1 2015 net income to RUB10.9 billion ($221.30 million), which just beat analyst expectations. The company, Russia’s largest mobile player with 74.5 million subscribers, said it was largely hit …

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Turkcell, MTS, VimpelCom awarded 3G licences in Ukraine

Turkcell’s Astelit and Russia’s MTS and VimpelCom have been awarded 3G mobile licences in Ukraine, the companies have announced. VimpelCom, whose Kyivstar business already has a 40 per cent market share in Ukraine, making it the country’s biggest operator, has …

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MTS, VimpelCom to collaborate on LTE in Russia

Russian telco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Dutch-based operator group VimpelCom have announced a partnership to develop and share LTE networks in Russia and the CIS region. The agreement involves rolling out LTE in 36 Russian regions over the next two years.

MTS ups forecast but Ukraine concerns persist

Russia’s MTS increased its guidance for 2014, while warning that “the situation in Ukraine remains highly volatile and creates uncertainty at the Group level”. “It is hard to forecast what the operational trends in Ukraine would be going forward,” Andrei …

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MTS and Nokia make virtualized VoLTE call

Russian operator MTS and network equipment provider Nokia have announced the completion of what Nokia said was the first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call to be carried on virtualized telco cloud infrastructure. The test was carried out in MTS’ live network, using Nokia-supplied suite of virtualized core network elements, including IMS, Telephony Application Server (TAS) and Home Subscriber Server (HSS), running in MTS’ private cloud. These were controlled by Nokia’s Cloud Application Manager.