Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, announced that it has been named as one of the BRANDZ(TM) Top 100 Most Powerful Brands, a ranking published by the Financial Times and Millward Brown, a leading global market research and consulting firm. MTS is the first and only Russian company to join the ranks of the most powerful brands in the world, which stands as a recognition of its leadership across the CIS and increasing global relevance.
The consolidated user’s base of OJSC "Mobile Telesystems" (MTS) in March, 2008 increased up 1.3% to 84.94mln from 83.88mln in February, in annual calculation - up 14.5% from 74.16mln in March, 2007. It is spoken about in the report of the company.
Under US GAAP MTS net profit in Russia was up 2.4-fold to US$1.616 billion in 2007 as compared to 2006, says Leonid Melamed, the company’s president, RBC reports. The company’s revenue reached US$6.181 billion over the accounting period, which is a 32% increase as compared to 2006. OIBDA grew by 35% to US$3.153 billion. OIBDA margin reached 51% in 2007 vs 49.9% in 2006, Cnews reported.
Web Media Services, one of the largest Russian independent satellite operators, will participate in joint programs to develop telecommunication infrastructure in Uzbekistan.
Complex of information system and telecommunication of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan held a session to sum up socio-economic development of the sector in the first quarter of 2008.
UNDP "ICT Policy" (ICTP) Project issued the “Hanbook on intellectual property rights for software in Uzbekistan”. The main objective of the Handbook is to familiarize developers and rightholders of the software and its users with major legal issues, that often arise in the process of developing and using the software. The means of registering and protecting of intellectual property rights for software are also described. The Handbook reveals the great value of intellectual property and need to rationally use it. The Handbook is intended for use by software developers, its users, enterprises, organizations, engaged in software development and use software in their activities.
Number of mobile users in Uzbekistan reached 7 million-point on 20 March 2008, the Uzbek Agency for Communication and Information said on its website.
Annual National Exhibition and Forum "BestSoft - Uzbekistan 2008" will be held on 15-16 May this year in the Exhibition Hall and Business Centre of Uzexpocentre, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
MTS-Uzbekistan, a largest mobile operator of Uzbekistan in terms of subscribers’ number, added 340,000 new users in February 2008, Mobile TeleSystems OJSC statement said.