OAO Mobile TeleSystems (MBT:US), Russia’s largest mobile operator, said the number of its subscribers fell 0.6 percent during the first quarter from the previous three- month period, citing data by Advanced Communications and Media.
MTS, as the company is known, said its subscriber total as of March 31 was 100.2 million, from 100.9 million at the end of 2011. MTS focuses its business on Russia, where it has most of its users, and former Soviet states including Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Belarus.
MTS said the number of its subscribers in Russia fell 0.8 percent to 69.4 million by March 31, from 70 million on Dec. 31, according to the company’s statement on its website. The number in Ukraine fell 0.6 percent to 19.1 million, the company said.
MTS saw the number of its subscribers in Armenia shrink by 6.2 percent to 2.2 million in the first quarter, while its subscriber base in Uzbekistan rose 2.5 percent to 9.5 million.
MTS owns a 49 percent stake in Mobile TeleSystems LLC, a mobile operator in the former Soviet state of Belarus. The company’s subscriber total increased by 0.6 percent in the first quarter to 5 million as of March 31, MTS said in the statement dated today.
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