MTS Turkmenistan Launches New Tariffs

Mobile operator MTS Turkmenistan will launch its new ‘Course To Zero’ and 12:0 tariffs from 2 May. Under the ‘Course To Zero’ tariff, customers receive 10 minutes of daily calls to all Turkmenistan mobile networks and free incoming calls. The daily subscription costs TMT 0.30. The daily rate of the 12:0 tariff is TMT 0.20, and the plans offers a rate of TMT 0.12 per minute for the first, 11th and 21st minute of on-net calls, with the remaining minutes free.

Turkmen communications ministry set to ink deals with Huawei and NSN

Turkmenistan is progressing day by day when it comes to telecom sector, recently Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Communications is expected to ink contracts with China’s Huawei Technologies and Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) covering the purchase and installation of telecoms equipment for TM-Cell, the wholly-owned mobile subsidiary of state-owned fixed line operator Turkmen telecom.

Citing an unnamed official Turkmen source, MENAFN reports that Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has already signed a corresponding resolution ‘in order to increase the capacity of the national cellular network, availability of telecommunications services provided to the population, as well as improve their quality.

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MTS Turkmenistan to launch new tariff plans in October

Mobile operator MTS Turkmenistan announced new tariff plans available from 01 October. These are the MTS Simply and Super 0 tariffs for retail subscribers, and the Business line for corporate subscribers. Subscribers will be offered calls to mobile and fixed networks for TMM 0.12 per minute under the MTS Simply tariff, while calls to all mobile and fixed networks will cost TMM 0.14 per minute under the Super 0 tariff. On-net calls will be offered free starting from the second minute under the Super 0 tariff, after a TMM 0.20 daily subscriptions. Free calls within the corporate group, as well as packages of calls, SMS and mobile internet will be offered under the Business corporate tariff line.

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MTS Turkmenistan reactivates more than 500,000 subscribers on first day back in service

With MTS Turkmenistan re-launched services, the cellco has already exceeded the number of sign-ups that it previously aimed to see by the end of this year.

MTS Turkmenistan’s parent company, Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), revealed that it was setting targets for its Turkmen unit, stating that it was hoping to have 440,000 customers on its books by the end of 2012. This target, however, was surpassed just a few hours after the cellco came back online, with the report claiming that by the end of the first day back in operation MTS Turkmenistan had re-connected more than half a million subscribers. The cellco is understood to have focused on reactivating those customers that already have its SIM cards and lost service after its licence was suspended, but looking ahead. MTS Turkmenistan will start selling new SIMs from the start of October.

MTS Turkmenistan’s services had been offline since the initial one-month suspension of its licence in December 2010.

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Last Chance to Register for TurkmenTEL 2012

Registration process for the 6th Turkmenistan Telecommunications & IT Conference is in its closing phase. The conference is scheduled on 17 – 18 September 2012 at Ashgabat Exhibition Palace, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

In a programm official meetings programme is planned during the conference offering participating organisations the opportunity to have one to one meetings with members of the State Delegation.

The organising committee has appointed the Hotel Sofitel Oguzkent as the official hotel for the conference and has secured preferential rates for all conference participants.

For online Registration visit  http://www.turkmenistantelecoms.com/conference-delegate-booking-form

 

Mobile telesystems (MTS) Relaunch in Turkmenistan

 

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has revealed that it is resuming operations in Turkmenistan, after staying offline for almost year and a half. The company said that it has secured a five years settlement agreement and the dispute with the government is finally settled. The agreement can be extended for another five year term, subjected to the fulfillment of certain terms and conditions, while it has also been confirmed that MTS Turkmenistan will, on a monthly basis, pay Turkmentelecom 30% of its net profits. Further, MTS has also confirmed that it has been granted GSM and 3G licenses for a three-year term, while it also said it had signed ‘a number of interconnect and access to infrastructure agreements with Turkmenistan’s state-owned telecommunications providers’. The company’s infrastructure in Turkmenistan ‘remains fully in place’ and it is understood that MTS is currently working with vendors to restore the network’s capacity with a view to re-launching commercial services as soon as possible.

MTS’s license was suspended for one month is December 2010. Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs publically stated that the opening agreement it signed with h MTS in 2005 was only valid for five years although cellco claimed that it concession was not due to expire until February 2012. The Ministry stated that the reason for its non-newel of MTS’s license among other s was the unreasonable high tariffs and its failure to reinvest sufficient level of its profits in its infrastructure.

MTS President and CEO Andrei Dubovskov while explaining about of the development stated: “We are pleased to announce the resumption of operations in Turkmenistan, a development of mutual benefit reached through a long negotiation process involving government of Turkmenistan and management of both MTS and Sistema JSFC, our majority shareholder. The agreements reached and enabled by the decree of the President of Turkmenistan serve the interests of MTS shareholders and further support the development of the economy of Turkmenistan. Despite our lengthy absence in Turkmenistan, we are confident that the quality of our network, the strength of our brand and deep understanding of the local market will allow us to establish a strong competitive position in this very attractive market.”

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