MTS was the only Russian operators increased their revenue

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For the fourth quarter of 2016, MTS delivered growth in both mobile revenue and total revenue in Russia. Other operators “the big three” revenue from core business at the end of the year decreased

For the fourth quarter of 2016 MTS ‘ revenues from mobile business in Russia increased by 0.3% compared to the same period in 2015 and amounted to 75.2 billion rubles, reported the company’s representatives at a press conference in London, the correspondent of RBC. Total revenue of MTS in Russia increased by 1.2%, to 103.8 billion.

The company became the only major mobile operator in the country, who demonstrated the growth of these indicators. Thus, according to the forecast of MTS, in 2017, the revenue may fall as 2% and grow at the same rate.

Have reported earlier, “MegaFon” on the results of the fourth quarter, revenue from mobile services in Russia decreased by 3.6% compared with the figure for the same period in 2015 and amounted to 64.7 bln (total revenue declined 0.6 percent to 80,118 bn). The decrease in “VimpelCom” (provides Telecom services under the brand “Beeline”) in the fourth quarter was 0.3% to 59,276 bn (total revenue decreased by 1.8% to and 70.13 bn)

In “MegaFon” explained the negative dynamics of revenue “continued stagnation in traditional voice services due to the active transition to digital technology and the growing popularity of Over the Top services (OTT services that are not tied to specific network provider, e.g., Internet telephony or online cinemas. — RBC)”. Was also influenced by the increasing penetration of subscribers using packages such as tariffs, included more data traffic than usual, which slows down the growth rate of revenues from mobile Internet. In 2017 “the Megaphone” expects “slight growth in revenue,” the capital costs should be 55-60 billion rubles. However, the forecast does not include the financial results of the company Mail.Ru Group and the effects of the strategic partnership from the deal to buy the company. “Megaphone” has closed the transaction on purchase of 15.2% Mail.Ru Group (meet by 63.8 percent voting share) in early February.

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