Author: Mikhail Doroshevich
MTS Belarus has conducted a press-conference in Minsk regarding MTS' 2 millionth subscriber. Speaking at the press conference, Minister of Communications and Informatization of Belarus Vladimir Goncharenko emphasized that company's success was due to joint efforts of MTS and Ministry.
MTS president Vasili Sidorov said that the company's strategic objective in Belarus is to remain a company having the biggest number of subscribers and to get more profit than any other mobile operator in Belarus.
Vasili Sidorov informed that ARPU per one MTS subscriber in Belarus totals 11 USD, while for Russia this figure is 2 dollars smaller. MTS is planning to invest USD 145 mln into its network development in Belarus in 2006. In total, during the three years of MTS operations in Belarus, the company has invested USD 250 mln.
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Vasili Sidorov stressed that MTS is still hoping to get control pacage of MTS Belarus shares, though it is not a priority at the moment. At present MTS has 49% of shares and Beltelecom - 51%..
It is expected that Belarusian government will sell its control share in 2007, when the demonopolization process will be launched in Belarus.
According to Vasisli Sidorov, MTS GPRS services will be launched in the second quarter of 2006.
MTS president emphasized that the company does not think BeSt to be a serious competitor for them. "By the time BeST starts its operations, MTS mobile services penetration will be much higher than now."
Meanwhile, Minister Goncharenko informed journalists that BeST financial problems had been solved successfully, and in December state owned mobile operator will start functioning.
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