2015 Highlights

February
23
MTS Ukraine won a license to provide third generation (3G) communication in the 1950-1965 MHz and 2140-2155 MHz frequency bands within the framework of a public tender. The license cost amounted to 2.7 billion hryvnia
May
8
MTS signed a loan agreement with China Development Bank (CDB) to raise funds in Chinese Yuan and US dollars equivalent to a total of USD 200 million
July
17
MTS signed an agreement for the acquisition of 100% shares of NVision Group JSC, MTS billing owner and developer, one of Russia’s largest system integrators and suppliers of comprehensive IT solutions, from subsidiaries of Sistema JSFC by the end of 2015 for the amount of up to RUB 15 billion, including debentures.
August
11
Termination of dividend payments for 2014 totalling RUB 53.23 billion: in November 2014, the company paid dividends for the first half of 2014 totalling RUB 12.81 billion, while payments as per the results of fiscal 2014 amounted to RUB 40.42 billion
August
31
MTS launched the first 4G LTE network in the Moscow subway allowing MTS subscribers to use mobile Internet at a speed rate of up to 150 Mbps.
September
15
Launch of a hybrid TV platform expanding the capabilities of the traditional digital and satellite TV via interactive services
September
18
Once again, the company’s TOP managers entered the list of Russia’s best managers according to the 16th “Russia’s 1,000 TOP Managers Rating” compiled by Russia’s Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House; in 2015, MTS executives became the leaders in taking first places in the Telecommunications and Data Transmission category
October
1
MTS shareholders approved the payment of interim dividends for the first half of 2015 amounting to RUB 5.61 per one MTS PJSC ordinary share (RUB 11.22 per ADR) or RUB 11.6 billion
October
6
Obtaining of a federal frequency spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band and more blocks in the 1800 MHz band in some regions as a result of auctions
October
16
Extension of the agreement for strategic partnership with Vodafone in Ukraine, MTS Ukraine re-branding
December
18
Signing of agreements with VimpelCom for sharing network infrastructure and frequency spectrum, which contributes to the accelerated deployment of LTE networks in the regions
December
21
Signing of an agreement with Ericsson for cooperation in the development and implementation of the fifth-generation (5G) communication technology in Russia
December
31
Launch and development of LTE networks in 83 regions of Russia
Record-setting dividend payments amounting to RUB 52 billion for the calendar year 2015