MOSCOW, July 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile TeleSystems OJSC , the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, announces that it has acquired a 100% stake in CJSC Multiregion (Multiregion), one of the leading groups of broadband and cable TV providers in the Russian regions, from Cavolo Trading Limited (Cyprus).
The purchase price amounts to $123.5 million. MTS will also assume debts totaling roughly $94.4 million.
Multiregion is a group of broadband and cable TV providers with presence in 37 cities of the Russian Federation. The current network coverage of the company is around 1.8 million households, of which 1.3 million are FTTB-based. Multiregion has approximately 700,000 cable TV subscribers and 260,000 broadband subscribers.
The acquisition will significantly enhance our position in the rapidly growing broadband and cable TV markets in the Russian regions. As the largest integrated telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, MTS will be able to provide its customers a broad, innovative and bundled offering of mobile and fixed line telephony, high-speed broadband internet access and television services in over 110 cities in Russia. It fits perfectly into our '3i' strategy, as it allows us to expand our integrated service portfolio and to differentiate our products from the competition, commented Mikhail Shamolin, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTS.
Multiregion's financial results will be consolidated in the Company's financial statements beginning from July 16, 2010.
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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) is the leading telecommunications group in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, offering mobile and fixed voice, broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one of the world's fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries, the Group services over 103.5 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Belarus, a region that boasts a total population of more than 230 million. Since June 2000, MTS' Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT). Additional information about the MTS Group can be found at http://www.mtsgsm.com.
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