January 2006 Cellular Subscriber Figures

February 16, 2006

January 2006 cellular market data for Russia and Ukraine including Russian mobile operators' activities in CIS are available below. Please refer to our monthly report for detailed information on net additions and market shares.


Key point of cellular market development in January 2006:

  • Number of subscribers (valid SIM-cards) reached 128.2 mln (up 2.4 mln from December 2005, 49.9 mln from January 2005);
  • Penetration increased to 88.3% (up 1.7% from December 2005, 34.4% from January 2005);
  • There were 136 and 120 SIM cards in use per 100 population in Moscow and St.Petersburg respectively as of January 31, 2006;
  • MTS posted best net additons in total Russia, St.Petersburg and regions but recorded negative net sales in Moscow for the first time in its history;
  • MegaFon won January net additions in Moscow for the first time since it launched the network in November 2001.
Russian Cellular Subscribers
Mobile Subscribers January 31, 2006 December 31, 2005
Total Russia 128,175,000 125,760,000
  Penetration* 88.3% 86.6%
Moscow 23,018,728 22,842,679
  Penetration* 135.5% 134.5%
St.Petersburg 7,594,700 7,508,220
  Penetration* 119.8% 118.4%
Subscribers outside Moscow and St.Pete 97,561,572 95,409,101
  Penetration* 80.1% 78.3%

* Please note that penetration figures are calculated based on official data from 2002 population census (145 mln for Russia, 17 mln for Moscow and 6.3 mln for St.Pete). Reportedly, the population in Moscow License Area reaches as high as 23-25 mln while St.Pete License Area population figure is above 7 mln.

Russian Cellular
Market Breakdown, January 2006
Russian Net Additions,
January 2006


Number of valid SIM cards reached 31.4 mln (up 1.2 mln from December 2005, 16.5 mln from January 2005). Cellular penetration increased to 66.0% (up 2.6% from December 2005, 34.8% from January 2005).

Ukrainian Mobile Subscribers
Mobile Subscribers January 31, 2006 December 31, 2005
Total number of subscribers 31,419,747 30,379,116
Penetration 66.0% 63.8%

Please note that we changed the number of cellular subscribers for Astelit in December 2005 after the company published YE2005 subscriber statistics. As a result we also slightly changed the overall Ukrainian market estimate.

Ukrainian Cellular
Market Breakdown, January 2006
Ukrianian cellular market breakdown
Ukrainian Net Additions,
January 2006
Net Additions in Ukraine

Mobile Subscribers Count Archive

Below you may download AC&M's cellular market updates for last 6 months in MS Excel format.

August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
The number of subscribers mentioned in our reports effectively means number of valid SIM cards as reported by mobile operators according to their churn policy.
Penetration figures are calculated based on official data reported by state statistics institutions of respective countries.
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