Moscow, Russian Federation — April 16, 2004 — Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS” — NYSE: MBT), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and Ukraine, has acquired an additional 40% stake in Far East Cellular Systems-900 CJSC (“FECS-900”), increasing its ownership in the company to 100%.
In line with its strategy of consolidating the Company’s ownership in its subsidiaries, MTS has acquired a further 40% stake in FECS-900 for $8.3 million from Far East Telecommunications Company OJSC. In August 2001, MTS acquired a 60% controlling stake in FECS-900 through Telecom-900 CJSC. As a result of today’s transaction, MTS’ effective ownership in FECS-900 increases to 100%.
FECS-900 provides GSM 900/1800 services under the MTS brand in the Khabarovsk region (population 1.4 million), located in the Siberian part of Russia. The company’s subscriber base was approximately 151,110 users as of April 15, 2004. According to AC&M-Consulting, the company’s market share was 46.3% and mobile penetration in the region was 22% at the end of March 2004.
For further information contact:
Mobile TeleSystems, Moscow Investor and Public Relations Andrey Braginski tel: +7 (095) 911-65-53e-mail: email@example.com
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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (or “MTS”) is the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and Ukraine. Together with its subsidiaries, the company services over 19.2 million subscribers. The regions of Russia as well as in Belarus and Ukraine in which MTS and its subsidiaries are licensed to provide GSM services have a total population of approximately 200.6 million. Since June 2000, MTS’ shares have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol MBT. Additional information about MTS can be found on MTS’ website at www.mtsgsm.com.
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