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Company History

The 1990’s


  • MTS receives first license to provide mobile phone services using the GSM standard


  • MTS begins offering mobile phone services in Moscow and the surrounding region


  • MTS expands operations into Russian regions

The 2000’s


  • Initial Public Offering (IPO) of MTS securities on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)


  • MTS introduces pre-paid Jeans brand and begins expansion into neighboring CIS countries through joint venture in Belarus


  • MTS acquires UMC, a leading mobile phone operator in Ukraine


  • MTS receives additional licenses in Russia to extend its license coverage to include all but two regions of the country
  • MTS enters Uzbekistan through the acquisition of Uzdunrobita, the country’s largest mobile phone operator


  • MTS enters Turkmenistan by acquiring Barash Communication Technologies, Inc. (BCTI), the leading telecommunications operator in the country


  • MTS appoints new CEO and CFO
  • MTS launches new brand identity
  • MTS adopts 3+1 Strategy
  • MTS creates Group organizational structure


  • MTS launches 3+2 Strategy
  • MTS enters Armenia through acquisition of leading operator, K-Telekom (VivaCell)
  • Allocation of 3G licenses in Russia, Uzbekistan and Armenia
  • Countrywide rebranding of operations in Ukraine
  • Launch of mobile broadband in Ukraine


  • Mikhail Shamolin appointed as President & CEO
  • MTS named as one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Brands
  • MTS launches 3G networks in Russia and Uzbekistan
  • MTS signs strategic partnership with Vodafone