July 9, 2012 08.48 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Russia’s MTS has announced the launch of digital TV services in 150 cities throughout the country.

As a result, its viewers will be able to access 60% more channels, along with HD content and interactive pay-TV services.

In a statement, the telco says that in its digital offer will initially consist of a basic package of 118 channels, along with six thematic packages.

It adds that in the first phase of the project the services are being provided in 50 cities, while the number of channels it offers viewers will be increased to 140 this September.

MTS currently has 3 million pay-TV subscribers in Russia.