Vladimir Yevtushenkov, the head of Sistema, whose interests include MTS, Russia’s largest mobile operator and also a leading provider of pay-TV services, has been put under house arrest.
Russia’s MTS is making preparations to launch a DTH platform this autumn.
MTS and its sister company Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) have teamed up to launch a multi-MVNO in the Russian capital.
Russia’s MTS ended the second quarter with 7,294,000 residential triple play (pay-TV, broadband and fixed-line telephony) subscribers, down from 7,844,000 a year earlier.
A new DTH platform operating under the MTS brand will launch in Russia in Q4 this year.
The number of viewers accessing the mobile TV service operated by Russia’s MTS via their mobiles and tablets increased by 30% during the World Cup.
The Russian telco MTS is to combine its operations with the fixed line business MGTS in Moscow and Moscow region.
MTS bucked the trend in Russia’s pay-TV market in 2013, losing subscribers while all its competitors added to their customer base.
Russia’s MTS has approved the issue of exchange bonds totaling R50 billion (€1.04 billion).
Russia’s MTS ended 2013 with 25% of its pay-TV subscribers receiving digital TV services.