The new tariff plans consist of three groups: "MTS. Optima", "MTS. Business" and "MTS. VIP" and a group of tariffs for corporate clients. Each tariff plan targets a specific segment of the market based on usage, time and expenses on mobile communications.
The first tariff group, to be introduced tomorrow, is the "MTS. VIP" which is aimed to specifically target heavy users who spend over $100 per month on mobile communications. Within this group MTS will introduce three tariffs:VIP Exclusive that provides unlimited local usage for $249 per month.
On February 19, 2003, MTS will launch the "MTS. Business" tariff group aimed at targeting business subscribers who actively use mobile communications for both private and business purposes. The "MTS. Business" tariffs will feature discounts on long- distance calls and a wide range of value added services incorporated into tariff packages.
The "MTS. Optima" will be introduced by MTS on February 24, 2003. This tariff group targets mass-market subscribers who spend less than $40 per month on mobile communications and will feature substantial discounts for calls made in the evening and on weekends.
For more detailed information on the Company's tariffs please see the corporate web site at www.mts.ru or its English version at www.mtsgsm.com.
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (or "MTS") - is Russia's largest cellular operator serving over seven million subscribers. MTS together with its subsidiaries is licensed to provide GSM 900/1800 services in 56 regions of Russia with a total population of 103.1 million or 72% of the nation's population. Today, MTS' network operates in 47 regions of Central (including Moscow and Moscow region), Northwestern (including St Petersburg and Leningrad region), Southern, Volga, Urals, Siberia and Far-Eastern federal districts. MTS operates a joint venture in the Republic of Belarus, which has a total population of ten 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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For further enquiries contact:
Mobile TeleSystems, Moscow
tel: +7095 911 6553
tel.: +7095 737 4530
tel.: +7095 737 4530
Gavin Anderson & Company, London
Halldor Larusson / Yolande Stratford
tel: +44 (0) 20 7554 1400