MTS charts digital progress

January 30, 2014 10.38 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

MTSRussia’s MTS ended 2013 with 25% of its pay-TV subscribers receiving digital TV services.

According to the company, this followed its decision in November 2013 to only offer digital TV to its new customers.

MTS adds that in 2013 its domestic internet and digital TV services were extended to over 10 cities in the Volga, Central, Southern, Siberian, Far East and North West Federal districts.

As of the end of the year, every third digital TV subscriber received additional programme packages, with a quarter opting for the most popular ones, which included film, sports, kids and music.

The total number of channels it offers doubled to 340, while those in HD increased almost nine times to 37.

MTS also says it continued to roll out its triple play offer in 2013 to a number of cities, and subscribers in Moscow were offered internet access speeds of up to 1Gbps, using GPON technology.

It adds that it completed a multi-year investment programme in 2013, transferring 90% of its networks to FTTH technology.

MTS now plans to launch a single hybrid platform in the first half of this year.

It concludes by saying that it now provides fixed services in almost 180 cities in Russia, with 2.6 million customers opting for pay-TV, 2.3 million for broadband internet access and one million for mobile TV.