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Global Recognition

Top 100 Most Powerful Brands
In April 2008, MTS was named as one of the BRANDZ™ Top 100 Most Powerful Brands, a ranking published by the Financial Times and Millward Brown, a leading global market research and consulting firm. MTS became the first and only Russian company to join the ranks of the most powerful brands in the world, which stands as a recognition of its leadership across the CIS and increasing global relevance. MTS entered the Top 100 Most Powerful Brands ranking at 89th place with a Brand Value of $8.077 billion. More

BusinessWeek InfoTech 100
In May 2008, MTS was included in the InfoTech 100 ranking of the best-performing tech companies by BusinessWeek. MTS was ranked as the 14th company globally, based on four criteria: shareholder return, return on equity, total revenues, and revenue growth. MTS became the highest-ranked company from Russia, and above such companies as AT&T, LG and Microsoft. More

Trusted Brand 2008
In June 2008, MTS was recognized by Reader’s Digest as the most Trusted Brand among mobile operators in Russia. The European Trusted Brands 2008 survey was conducted in 16 countries in 14 different languages. In Russia, over 40% of consumers nominated MTS as the most Trusted Brand in “Mobile Phone Network “ category. More

World Communications Awards 2008
In September 2008, MTS received three nominations for the World Communications Awards 2008. The Company made the shortlist in the “Best Brand”, “Best Mobile Operator” and “Best Project Management” award categories. More

GSMA Board
In April 2008, the CEO of MTS joined the Board of the GSM Association (GSMA), the global trade association for the mobile industry. GSMA's board members include 25 operator representatives, the Chair of the Executive Management Committee - the body that manages the Association's ongoing activities in the area of products and services - and the GSMA CEO Rob Conway. Board members include executives of such leading global operators as China Mobile, AT&T, Orange, Telefonica O2 Europe, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and Telenor Mobile.

GSMA 13th Annual Global Mobile Awards
In January 2008, MTS became the first Russian company to receive a nomination in the 13th Annual Global Mobile Awards hosted by the GSM Association (GSMA). MTS was recognized for its WAP-portal — wap.kids.mts.ru — designed specifically for children in the «Best Mobile Infotainment Portal for News/Entertainment» category.

Corporate Governance
MTS was ranked as the most transparent company in Russia by Standard & Poor’s in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The ranking was based on the analysis of ownership structure and shareholders’ rights, financial and operational openness and composition and procedures of the Board of Directors and Management Committee.

Investor Relations
In 2006 and 2007, MTS was recognized as having the best Investor Relations department in the telecom sector in Russia. The award was based on the results of the Extel Survey – Focus Russia study, conducted jointly by Interfax and Thomson Financial.

Top 100 Most Powerful Brands
For the second year in a row, MTS joins the ranks of the most powerful brands in the world with a value of $9.2 billion at the 71st position. As in 2008, MTS is the most valuable Russian brand in the ranking and one of the 10 most valuable telecoms brands in the world. MTS brand has risen 18 spots to become the 71st most powerful brand globally with a value of $9.2 billion, up from $8.1 billion in 2008. More

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