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MTS Raises Dividend Guidance and Affirms Growth in Core Markets at 2014 Investor Day

February 5, 2014

ENP Newswire - 05 February 2014 Release date- 04022014 - Moscow , Russian Federation - Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ('MTS' or 'the Company' - NYSE: MBT), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, announced its new 3D Strategy at its Investor Day 2014, which is being held in Moscow . MTS's new strategy envisions three areas of focus for the Company: Data Data affirms the Company's efforts to provide its customers with the fastest, most reliable mobile and fixed-line networks in the region. MTS has been the leader in the Russian market in promoting data use by its customers through the active build out of its 3G/LTE data networks and the use of its retail platform to migrate customers from feature to smartphones. Overall, MTS works to ensure that its customers have the best connectivity experience in their homes, workplaces and points in between. Differentiation Differentiation highlights the unique products and services MTS offers to its customers in to enhance their digital lifestyles. MTS is establishing Moscow as a world-class center for connectivity through its roll-out of GPON (Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks) in the region, which when completed will allow speeds of up to 1 Gb/s in every home or office in Moscow . In addition, MTS offers FTTB/FTTH solutions in over 180 cities throughout Russia . MTS customers also benefit from a best-in-class customer experience as evidenced by its market-leading churn rates and higher usage than on our competitors' networks. Dividends Dividends confirm the Company's commitment to continuous improvement in the operational efficiency of the Company and enhancement of shareholder returns. Through a prudent operational approach, stable investment programs and opportunistic debt management, MTS has been able to steadily improve cash flows and reduce its balance sheet obligations. This allows MTS to reaffirm its commitment to its long-term practice of paying out a significant portion of its free cash flow in the form of dividends to its shareholders. Guidance and forecasts - 2014 - 2016E As part of its presentations to investors, MTS also announced a number of forecasts for the next three years. These include: MTS expects the overall Russian telecommunications market to grow at an estimated CAGR 3% from 2013E to 2016E ? MTS forecasts Group Revenue to be approximately 5% for FY2013, while MTS will realize 3-5% revenue growth per year from 2013 - 2016E MTS expects the Moscow fixed-line market to grow approximately 4% per year from 2013 - 2016E, while revenues at its subsidiary, MGTS, can grow as high as 10% per year through 2016E MTS anticipates that absolute OIBDA will grow at least 6.5% in 2013E and at least 2% CAGR from 2014 - 2016E MTS reaffirms its dividend policies, but expects a higher cumulative pay out in 2014 and 2015 of at least RUB 90 bln due to a rise in free cash flow and strong operating results. For more information and a full set of materials highlighting our discussions with investors, please visit: http://www.mtsgsm.com/resources/analyst_investor_days/2014/ Audio and video highlights of our Investor Day will be posted following the conclusion of the event. Likewise, we welcome investors to follow MTS and developments, including announcements at Investor Day, at @JoshatMTS or #MTSinvestorday2014. 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 100 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 www.mtsgsm.com . Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of MTS, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward looking statements by terms such as 'expect,' 'believe,' 'anticipate,' 'estimate,' 'intend,' 'will,' 'could,' 'may' or 'might,' and the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. We do not undertake or intend to update these statements to reflect events and circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. We refer you to the documents MTS files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission , specifically the Company's most recent Form 20-F. These documents contain and identify important factors, including those contained in the section captioned 'Risk Factors' that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, the severity and duration of current economic and financial conditions, including volatility in interest and exchange rates, commodity and equity prices and the value of financial assets; the impact of Russian, U.S. and other foreign government programs to restore liquidity and stimulate national and global economies, our ability to maintain our current credit rating and the impact on our funding costs and competitive position if we do not do so, strategic actions, including acquisitions and dispositions and our success in integrating acquired businesses, potential fluctuations in quarterly results, our competitive environment, dependence on new service development and tariff structures, rapid technological and market change, acquisition strategy, risks associated with telecommunications infrastructure, governmental regulation of the telecommunications industries and other risks associated with operating in Russia and the CIS, volatility of stock price, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks. For further information, please contact in Moscow : Joshua B. Tulgan Director, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations Mobile TeleSystems OJSC Tel: +7 495 223 2025 E-mail: ir@mts.ru Twitter:@JoshatMTS Learn more about MTS. Visit the official blog of the Investor Relations Department at www.mtsgsm.com/blog/


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