The number of mobile subscribers in Russia based on SIM-cards-in-use statistics increased by 0.4% q/q to 240.3mn in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to data released by AC&M consulting agency on April 23. Mobile penetration grew by 0.6% q/q to 168.2%. Moscow growth was strongest of all regions, the number of subscribers rose by 1.1% q/q to 39.9mn and penetration was up by 2.3% q/q to 214.7%.
Russia’s leading mobile operator MTS posted the strongest results of the Big Three operators as its subscriber base expanded by 1.8% y/y to 74.6mn in Russia, including 1.1% q/q growth in Moscow to 13.7mn. VimpelCom failed to achieve a sustainable improvement in market share in the fourth quarter of 2014, with its Russian subscriber base decreasing by 0.2% q/q to 57.2mn. MegaFon increased its number of Russian subscribers by 1% q/q to 69.7mn.
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