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Feb

More Than 1 mn of New Users Enlisted by Mobile Operators in January

AC&M reports that total number of cellular subscribers in Russia is over 19 mln as of January 31, 2003. Despite the fact that January is traditionally perceived as a month of general slowdown in mobile sales, mobile operators harvested more than 1 million of new subscriptions in the first month of 2003. Vimpelcom finally announced that acquisition of Stavropol-based StavTeleSot is over. The deal adds almost 200,000 to the company's subs counter.
Top 10 Russian Cellular Operators
#CompanySubs
1MTS7,050,000
2Vimpelcom*5,605,000
3Megafon3,235,750
4SMARTS Group570,000
5Uralsvyazinform471,600
6Taif-Telcom296,375
7N.Novgorod Cellular180,000
8Tatincom119,081
9Tomsk Cellular107,173
10Delta Telecom99,000
as of January 31, 2003
*StavTeleSot (~200,000) is consolidated starting January 2003

Russian Сellular Market Breakdown, January 2003

Russian Сellular Market Breakdown

Moscow market

Vimpelcom remains a leader in Moscow with 3.870 mln subscribers while MTS narrows the gap with 3.245 mln. Megafon enlisted 48,600 new users in January bringing total number of its Moscow users to 361,000.

Net Additions in Moscow, January 2003

Moscow mobile market

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03
Feb

Russian Internet Data, Jan 2003

Тotal number of unique hosts in .RU domain is growing steadily reflecting proliferation of Internet services in the country. In January 2003 it jumped to 573 thousand.
Hosts in .ru domain

Source: Yandex
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22
Jan

Cellular Market Update 2002

Download a PDF version of AC&M's Russian Cellular Market Update, December 2002 and get an overview of Russian cellular market in 2002.
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04
Jan

Penetration of mobile services in Russia is over 12%

Total number of Russian cellular subscribers is 18.001 mln as of year-end 2002.

Top 10 Russian Cellular Operators

#CompanySubs
1MTS*6,690,000
2Vimpelcom**5,155,000
3Megafon2,939,608
4SMARTS Group545,000
5Uralsvyazinform445,087
6Taif-Telcom267,061
7Stavtelesot193,265
8N.Novgorod Cellular171,500
9Tatincom117,333
10Tomsk Cellular101,050
as of December 31, 2002
* Including Belarus subscribers (42,500)
** Including Kaliningrad-based Extel GSM (110,000)

Russian Сellular Market Breakdown, December 2002

You may find out more about 2002 results by downloading AC&M Russian Cellular Market Update, December 2002.

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03
Dec

MTS Has Over 6 mln Users

MTS, the largest provider of cellular services in Russia, celebrated 6 mln of subscribers in late November. The company's subscriber base increased by 305 thousand last month. Vimpelcom added 265 thousand while MegaFon attracted almost 170 thousand. Total number of mobile users in Russia reached 16.33 mln as of November 30, 2002.

Top 10 Russian Cellular Operators

#CompanySubs
1MTS6,060,000
2Vimpelcom*4,585,000
3Megafon2,679,995
4SMARTS Group501,665
5Uralsvyazinform**375,000
6Taif-Telcom238,257
7Stavtelesot171,466
8N.Novgorod Cellular145,000
9Tatincom112,436
10Extel103,397
as of November 30, 2002
* including Beeline Samara (114,800)
** consolidated Uralsvyazinform, South-Urals Cellular Phone, Ermak RMS, Uralwestcom

 

Russian Сellular Market Breakdown, November 2002

Moscow market

November was a successful month for MegaFon - it earned 20% of net additions in the region, for the first time since launching its services in Russian capital a year ago. The growth was mainly achieved thanks to aggressive marketing campaign and properly positioned new line of tariffs.

Vimpelcom keeps a leading position with 3,450 thsd users. It added 130,000 to its subscriber base in November. MTS attracted 85,000 reaching 2,775,000 while MegaFon now have over 195,000 subscribers in Moscow (56,400 growth).

Net Additions in Moscow, November 2002

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Dec

Russian Internet Data, November 2002

According to data provided to AC&M by Yandex, number of unique hosts in .RU domain exceeded 504 thousand as of December 1, 2002. The chart below represents dynamics of the growth.

Hosts in .ru domain

Source: Yandex